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Monday, October 21, 2013

Siena Poll: Public Does Not Approve Of Cuomo's Handling Of Public Education

Latest Siena poll released this morning finds 29% of New Yorkers think Andrew Cuomo is doing an excellent or good job handling public education issues while 66% think he is doing a fair or poor job handing those issues.

You can see the crosstabs from that poll here.

Regionally the break down goes like this:

NYC - 60% think he is doing a fair/poor job on education.
Suburbs - 66% think he is doing a fair/poor job on education.
Upstate - 72% think he is doing a fair/poor job on education.

These ratings are important to watch as John King and Merryl Tisch embark upon their Common Core propaganda tour this week.

NYSED Commissioner King took the brunt of the anger over the state's education reform agenda the past two weeks, but judging by the Siena poll, some of that anger and frustration over public education is attaching itself to Andrew Cuomo as well.

It will be interesting to see if Cuomo decides to go to the mattresses over his education reform agenda in an election year.

He is already nervous about re-election, looking across the river at potential 2016 rival Chris Christie's high approval ratings and feeling very, very sad about his own saggy ratings.

I'm willing to bet if pressure is put directly on Andrew Cuomo over the Common Core, the testing, the teacher evaluation system and inBloom in an election year when he is already facing problems with his approval rating, he'll be open to compromise on some of those things.

Public anger toward a politician tends to get that kind of reaction in an election year.

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