New Yorkers give Cuomo his best favorability rating in two years

New Yorkers increasingly and overwhelmingly have an unfavorable view of President Trump, while Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is seeing his standing among New Yorkers rise to its highest levels in two years, according to a new poll released Monday morning.

Sixty percent of respondents said they viewed the governor favorably and 50 percent said he's doing a good job, while the majority of those polled viewed President Trump unfavorably, with only 29 percent of New Yorkers saying the nation's new leader is doing a good job.

At the same time, for the second month in a row, President Donald Trump's favorability rating fell, to a negative 36 percent to 59 percent this month.

"Voters like Cuomo more now than at any time since his second term began", Siena pollster Steve Greenberg said.

Governor Andrew Cuomo of NY intends to make tuition for college free but according to the republicans, there is actually a better alternation to make college affordable, especially for the low-income students.

But for now with Cuomo still in office through at least next year, the governor's favorable-unfavorable rating among upstaters is 54-42. It had a margin of error of 4.2 percentage points. Fifty percent of voters say they would vote to re-elect him if he runs for a third term next year, the highest percentage willing to re-elect him since Siena started asking that question last summer.

As Trump's numbers slid from a Siena poll taken in January, the Democratic governor received a boost in his NY poll numbers.

The poll suggests Cuomo's standing may be helped by the policy and fiscal choices he is pushing in 2017. The Republican proposal supported by Assemblyman Peter Lopez, R-Schoharie, and Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh, R-Ballston, among others, include an increase on the income threshold from 80,000 to $125,000 for the state's existing tuition-assistance program, which is just the same for Cuomo's plan which will make the tuition fee for families who earn less than that amount. Democrats outnumber Republicans in the state by more than 2 to 1. Forty-eight percent believe he's doing a fair or poor job.

  • Julie Sanders