Poll: Favorability Ratings At All-Time Low For Cuomo, Schumer

Poll: Favorability Ratings At All-Time Low For Cuomo, Schumer

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The favorability ratings for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York are at an all-time low. That's according to the latest Siena College poll conducted from February 4-7. 

Favorability ratings also dropped for U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, as well as the state Senate and Assembly.

"Part of what we are seeing is a crankiness among voters. Voters are not happy with the political discourse in this country right now," said Steve Greenberg, pollster for the Siena Research Institute. 

However, support for some of the governor's initiatives are still high with 69 percent supporting the Child Victims Act and 55 percent supporting the new gun control laws. And while Greenberg feels that voters have soured on their elected officials this month, the governor's office says the poll is inaccurate.

"Siena doesn’t always get it right and, color us skeptical, but for the governor, Senator Schumer, Senator Gillibrand, the state Senate and the state Assembly to all have similar across the board slides leads us to believe this poll is an outlier and -  much like the Siena poll three days before the November election - doesn’t reflect the sentiment of New Yorkers. We’ve had the most productive month in history that finally saw the passage of popular, long stalled legislation and we’re going to continue to move New York forward,” said Richard Azzopardi, spokesperson for Governor Cuomo. 

Greenberg says that since support for the issues didn't drop, it's proof that the results of the polls are not outliers because it didn't happen across the board entirely.

"But support for the issues didn't drop. So I accept these findings as what people think, what New Yorkers think. This is a great snapshot in time of where New York voters are right now and any politician that doesn't like the findings they are welcome to complain about them," said Greenberg.

"In addition, more than half of voters said that Democrats in Congress shouldn't include the border wall funding the president has called for in order to avoid a second partial government shutdown, and 70 percent agreed that the president shouldn't declare a national emergency in order to fund it. 

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