Albany, N.Y./Loudonville, N.Y. – Governor Andrew Cuomo and Senator Chuck Schumer have scored their lowest favorability ratings in office to date, Siena College reports in a new survey.
Just a month ago, the college measured Cuomo’s favorability at 51 percent. In January, that rating fell to 35 percent, with 64 percent disapproving of his performance.
Siena says Cuomo’s favorability fell with Democrats, Republicans and independents, with his biggest drop coming from downstate New York.
As for Senator Schumer, his favorability dropped from 53 percent to 47 percent, with 46 percent disapproving of his performance. Siena notes, prior to becoming Minority Leader in the Senate, he held a 63 percent approval rating, with 55 percent of Republicans viewing him favorably. Since becoming Minority Leader, his favorability rating has dropped dramatically with Republicans, but he appears to remain popular with Democrats.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who announced her bid for president last month, saw a slight drop in her favorability rating, from 48 percent in January to 44 percent this month.
The Siena College survey also found 47 percent of voters would give the Democratic-controlled State Legislature an A or B score for the month of January – including 2/3 of Democrats. Twenty-seven percent – including 2/3 of Republicans – would give lawmakers a D or an F for the time period. 48 percent of those polled believe the Democrat-controlled state government will help move New York in the right direction over the next two years; 41 percent said the opposite.