Governor’s favorability rebounding among voters — Job performance ratings still low on taxes and mass transit

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s favorability rating has rebounded after falling to its lowest level this summer.

He now has a 56-to-37 percent favorability rating among registered voters, up from 52-to-41 percent in July, according to a Siena College poll released this week.

However, the governor’s job performance rating remains at a negative 43-to-55 percent — exactly the same as the results in the July Siena College poll.

Forty-eight percent of voters say they are prepared to re-elect Cuomo next year, compared to 44 percent who would prefer “someone else,” up a little from 46-to-46 percent in July.

“Although Cuomo’s favorability rating rose, his job performance rating remained unchanged since July, as 43 percent say he’s doing an excellent or good job as governor and 55 percent give him only a fair or poor rating,” said Siena Poll Spokesman Greenberg.

On specific issues — from taxes and the economy to infrastructure, mass transit and primary education — voters give Cuomo decidedly negative grades, even lower than they were in May.

For example, only 23 percent of voters give Cuomo an “excellent” or “good” rating when it comes to taxes; 26 percent give an excellent or good rating on mass transit issues and 37 percent give him excellent or good marks for the state’s economy. Seventy-two percent of voters rate Cuomo as only “fair” or “poor” on taxes and 65 give him low marks on mass transit.

Voters see Cuomo doing his best work on higher education, with 49 percent of New Yorkers giving him either “excellent” or “good” marks and 47 percent giving him a “fair” or “good” review.

“When it comes to specific issues, voters give Cuomo even more critical grades. He gets a breakeven rating on higher education, however, strong majorities of voters give him negative grades on K-12 education, economy and taxes, as well as infrastructure and mass transit,” Greenberg said.

On other issues, New Yorkers are divided on naming the new Tappan Zee Bridge for Mario Cuomo, with 44 percent in support and 42 percent opposed (up from 37-to-47 percent opposition in July).

And a plurality of voters — 45 percent — support the upcoming vote on a constitutional convention, with independents most supportive, Democrats supportive and Republicans divided.

“One-fifth of voters — up from 14 percent — have read or heard at least some about the ConCon vote in November, however, 58 percent — down from 67 percent — still say they’ve heard nothing,” Greenberg said.

“Registered voters — not likely November voters — now support ConCon by a relatively narrow 45-to-33 percent, with 22 percent undecided, largely unchanged from 47-to-34 percent support in July,” Greenberg said. “Compared to July, support is down among Democrats — from 30 points to now 13 points — up among Republicans to now breakeven, and strongest with independents, 52-to-30 percent.”

This Siena College Poll was conducted from August 26-30, 2017 by telephone calls conducted in English to 771 New York state registered voters. Respondent sampling was initiated by asking for the youngest male in the household. It has an overall margin of error of 4.2 percentage points.

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