More than half of New Yorkers believe the state economy is stagnant, while nearly 30 percent think it’s getting worse, according to a poll conducted by Marist College and the Wall Street Journal.
“Although New Yorkers still see a sluggish state economy, they don’t think Governor Cuomo is to blame,” Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, said in a statement Wednesday with the poll results. “By more than four to one, voters believe the economic condition of the state is something the governor inherited, not the result of his policies. In fact, a majority think the state is headed in the right direction.”
About 74 percent said Cuomo inherited the state’s economic woes, while 17 percent said he’s to blame for them. Nine percent were unsure.
The view that the economy was already ailing when Cuomo took office in 2011 extends across party lines. Seventy-seven percent of Democrats believe that, as well as 72 percent of Republicans and 75 percent of non-enrolled voters.
A majority of voters—53 percent—believe the state is moving in the right direction, slightly more than in early March, when 51 percent believed it was going in the right direction. Forty-one percent believe it’s moving in the wrong direction, compared with 44 percent two months ago. Six percent were unsure.
The survey was conducted with 956 registered voters from April 16-18. The poll has a margin of error of 3.2 percentage points.