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Siena Poll: 87 percent of New Yorkers approve of Gov. Cuomo's handling of COVID-19 crisis

Siena Poll: 87 percent of New Yorkers approve of Gov. Cuomo's handling of COVID-19 crisis

Siena Poll: 87 percent of New Yorkers approve of Gov. Cuomo's handling of COVID-19 crisis
Gov. Andrew Cuomo Sunday
Photographer: Governor's Office

LOUDONVILLE - Eighty-seven percent of New Yorkers approve of the job Gov. Andrew Cuomo is doing to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, according to a new Siena Poll out Monday.

The 87 percent approval rating comes against an 11 percent disapproval, according to the poll.

New Yorkers also approve of the job their local health department is doing (76 percent); Dr. Anthony Fauci (74 percent) and the Centers for Disease Control (73 percent).

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New Yorkers give lower marks to other federal institutions and individuals. The U.S. House of Representatives was given 54 percent approval and the U.S. Senate received 43 percent. 

Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump each received 41 percent approval from New Yorkers for their handling of the crisis, to 56 percent disapproval.

Cuomo's support came from across the political spectrum as he gained 70 percent approval from Republicans, to 95 percent approval from Democrats and 87 percent from independents.

Trump's support was divided along party lines as he received 82 percent approval from Republicans, 41 percent from independents and 20 percent approval from Democrats.

Cuomo's overall favorability jumped to 71 percent, from a pre-crisis number of 44 percent.

By a 79-18 percent margin, New Yorkers also say the state government is doing everything it can to protect the health of New Yorkers, while 43 percent say the same of the federal government. The federal question was also split along party lines.

At least 85 percent of voters in every region are very or somewhat concerned about the pandemic and 64 percent from every region and party are at least somewhat concerned they will be infected, according to the poll. 

About 40 percent of downstaters personally know someone who has tested positive as opposed to 14 percent of upstaters.

A quarter of households have had someone laid off from work and 53 percent have someone working from home. 

Seventy percent of Republicans and 57 percent of independents think "things will be back to normal sometime soon," while 54 percent of Democrats say they are not confident we "will be back to normal anytime soon."

The poll was conducted March 22 to 26 by telephone calls conducted in English to 556 registered voters and has an overall margin of error at +/- 4.5 percentage points.

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