New Yorkers give Trump lowest favorability ratings since election, but even more ire reserved for Congress

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Flanked by Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), President Donald Trump delivers his Joint Address to Congress at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., Tuesday February 28, 2017.


Only 30 percent of New York voters have a favorable view of President Donald Trump, while 65 percent view him unfavorably, according to a new poll by the Siena College Research Institute.

Hi favorability rating has dropped four points since last month, bringing his numbers down to levels not seen since last fall.

In the poll taken mid-May, only 27 percent of New York voters give Trump a positive job performance rating, while 71 percent rate him negatively, including 57 percent who say he’s doing a “poor” job as president.

While two-thirds of Republicans in New York continue to view Trump favorably, he is viewed unfavorably by 71 percent of independents and 80 percent of Democrats.

Looking beyond party affiliation and political ideology, the president is viewed unfavorably by at least 60 percent of voters from every region of the state, women and men, young and old, rich and poor, and black and white, according to Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg.

Although Trump’s unfavorable rating was more than 70 percent several times during last year’s campaign, his 65 percent unfavorable rating today is larger than at any time since Election Day.

“Not only is Trump viewed unfavorably by nearly two-thirds of voters, an even larger majority, 71 percent, give him a negative job performance rating, including 57 percent who say he’s doing a ‘poor‘ job as president,” Greenberg said. “But New Yorkers’ negative view of Washington goes far deeper than just the president. In fact, he might take solace in that as low as his overall job performance rating is, the ratings for both Democrats and Republicans in Congress are even lower.”

The disdain for Washington politics runs deeper than party affiliation, with Democrats and Republicans giving their own representatives low marks for job performance.

New Yorkers give Democrats in Congress a negative 21-to-77 percent job performance rating, including 68 percent of Democrats who rate them negatively. Republicans in Congress have a negative 17-to-81 percent job performance rating, including 59 percent of Republicans who rate them negatively.

“Two-thirds of New York Democrats give a negative job performance rating to Democrats in Congress and more than 80 percent of them view the job Republicans in Congress and the president are doing negatively,” Greenberg said. “Nearly two-thirds of Republicans give the president a positive job performance rating, however, they view the job of both Republicans and Democrats in Congress negatively.

Independents overwhelmingly view the job of the president and both parties in Congress negatively.

Meanwhile, 71 percent of New York Democrats have a favorable view of their senior U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, who has become the voice of opposition to the Trump Administration. Sixty-three percent of New York Republicans view him unfavorably.

“With a large partisan split, New Yorkers have a strongly favorable view of Senator Chuck Schumer, New York’s senior senator and the Senate Minority Leader. New Yorkers are closely divided on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, with Democrats favorable, Republicans unfavorable and independents evenly divided,” Greenberg said. “While more Republicans view Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell favorably than unfavorably, overwhelming majorities of Democrats and independents view both unfavorably.”

This Siena College Poll was conducted between May 15 and May 21, 2017 by telephone calls conducted in English to 770 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 4.0 percentage points.

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