“Drip, drip, drip. That seems to be what’s happening to Cuomo’s approval ratings. Over the last four months, there has been a small drop each month, however, when his current ratings are compared to those four months ago, there is noticeable erosion. His favorable rating is down 10 points since December, while his unfavorable rating is up 12 points. His positive job performance rating is down eight points, while his negative rating is up nine points,” said poll spokesman Steve Greenberg. “Over the same four months, the percentage of voters who say the state is headed on the right track has fallen seven points, while the percentage of those who say the state is headed in the wrong direction is up 10 points.”
The number of voters ready to re-elect Cuomo has fallen as well, from 62% in December to 54% in March to 53% this month.
These are still far from horrible numbers, but the trajectory from Cuomo continues to be downward.
Dana Goldstein raised the question if politicians might feel the need to soft pedal the Common Core test reforms as opposition from parents and teachers grows.
A governor who has seen his approval rating drop, his favorability ratings drop, and his re-election numbers drop even before he has to make a decision on the politically fraught fracking issue would be more likely to modify his support for the Common Core testing and APPR reforms.
Fred Dicker writes today that Cuomo is really worried about the effects any decision on fracking will have on his political career.
Of course, the people who paid for those reforms - the hedge fund managers who gave Cuomo a suitcase full of cash in a hotel room when he was running for governor - won't be happy about any potential modification, so it's quite possible money trumps voter sentiment on this issue and Cuomo and stays the course too.
He's going need those people to fund his 2016 White House run.