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New Yorkers Give Cuomo, Legislature Mediocre Ratings for Recent Legislative Session

Jun 30, 2016

Credit Siena.edu

Sixty percent of New Yorkers responding to a new poll disagree with Governor Cuomo's statement that the just-completed legislative session in Albany is "probably the most successful in modern history."

The Siena College poll says voters give Cuomo a "C" and both the Senate and Assembly a "C-minus" for their efforts in the session. But a plurality of voters is still willing to send their representatives back to Albany next year.

Forty-two percent say they're prepared to re-elect their assemblymember. Thirty-eight percent say they would prefer someone new. Forty-eight percent of voters are inclined to re-elect their state senator, while 38 percent prefer someone else.

"There's often been the sentiment, 'Hate the legislature, love my legislator,' said Siena pollster Steve Greenberg. “People tend to like their assemblymember, their state senator, so they re-elect him or her, but they'd like to throw the other 213 bums out. Well, they can't do that." 

The Siena poll shows Governor Cuomo's job performance rating virtually unchanged from a year ago.

Fifty-nine percent of voters say Cuomo is doing a fair or poor job.  Forty percent believe the governor is doing a good or excellent job. Cuomo gets his best ratings for making New York more business friendly and his lowest ratings for his attempts to reduce corruption in state government.

By a more than two-to-one margin, those responding to the survey say recently passed ethics reform legislation will not lead to a reduction in corruption in state government.

Other findings from the Siena poll:

Forty-four percent of voters say New York State is on the right track. Forty-three percent say the state is headed in the wrong direction.

Fifty-eight percent believe the U.S. is on the wrong path, and 33-percent say the country is on the right track.