After rebounding with voters in August, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s favorability and job-approval rating fell in September, a Siena College poll today found.
In fact, Cuomo’s job approval dropped to its lowest level since taking office in 2011: 49 percent positive to 50 percent negative. It was 52 percent to 49 percent last month.
Cuomo’s favorabilty rating remained strong: 64 percent to 32 percent. Fifty-two percent said they were prepared to re-elect him next year, while 39 percent would prefer someone else.
Upstate, the Democratic governor’s popularity was 50 percent to 46 percent, down from 55 percent to 41 percent in August. Still, he’s better than he was in June, when 46 percent of upstate voters viewed him favorably and 48 percent didn’t.
Cuomo has spent much of the summer touring upstate, touting his economic and storm recovery efforts.
“Three-quarters of New York City voters view him favorably, as do two-thirds of downstate suburban voters and 50 percent of upstaters,” Siena pollster Steven Greenberg said.
As for Cuomo’s re-election prospects: “More than 60 percent of Democrats and New York City voters are prepared to re-elect Cuomo, as are a majority
of downstate suburbanites. However, a plurality of Republicans and independents and a majority of upstaters would prefer ‘someone else,’ ” Greenberg said.