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Monday, May 11, 2015

Andrew Cuomo's Job Approval Hits Record Low: 37% Approve, 59% Disapprove

Just out from Marist:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s approval rating dropped to its lowest mark since he took office in 2011, according to a new Wall Street Journal-NBC 4 New York-Marist poll.

Released on Monday, the poll shows that 37% of New York voters consider Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, to be doing a good or excellent job, down from 44% in October.

According to the new poll, Mr. Cuomo’s lower approval rating is partly because of voter concerns about corruption in the state’s government.


More than half of those polled, 52%, said they have a favorable opinion of the governor. That too, however, marked a decline from his 54% favorability rating last October, which is within the poll’s margin of error.

Respondents who said they had an unfavorable opinion of Mr. Cuomo rose to 43%, compared with 36% in October, his highest unfavorable rating in a Marist poll since taking office.

Okay, two things of importance here.

First, the trend in the job approval numbers is downward since 2012.

See here:

Those trend lines for job approval don't lie.

Second point - favorability rating.

Cuomo remains over 50% in favorability, but again, the trend is unmistakeable - his favorability rating is declining over time and his unfavorability rating is rising.

If the trend continues, he will eventually fall below water on favorability too.

This is governor who governs as if he still has favorability ratings in the 80's and job approval ratings in the 60's, but the truth is, he's not a very popular governor and he gets less and less popular in both job approval and favorability as time goes on.

37% job approval - looks like New Yorkers have come in with their own APPR rating for Governor Cuomo - highly "ineffective."


  1. Cuomo really is a highly ineffective governor. If Cuomo is not indicted by Preet Bharara it is only because the system known as "the rule of law" has failed all citizens of NY state. Cuomo is obligated to work on behalf of all New York State citizens, not only his wealthy patrons.

    1. We'll see. Bharara likes to preen at pressers and he seems to despise Cuomo. If any prosecutor would ever take out all three men in the room, it's this one. He loves the attention and he's ambitious as hell.

  2. Sorry to be a buzzkill but his crappy approval rating does not mean a damn thing for the teachers of New York. His new evaluation system is now signed into law. There will be no tweaks other than possibly delaying the evaluations by a couple of months. Harping on his poor ratings is a distraction that will cure none of our ills. (I hope I am wrong but I am pretty sure I am on the mark here)

    1. Nope, you're not on the mark.

      The eval system is controversial to begin with.

      He imposed it by tying it to the budget - up or down vote.

      Lots of legislators voted aye with "heavy hearts."

      Since then, we have seen the opt out numbers skyrocket, legislators have heard an earful from constituents over the ed deform policies they voted for and SED held a "learning" session on the new eval system that Rich Karlin of the Tines-Union described as pinata time for APPR. Also, the Regents have said the timetable for implementation is unreasonable.

      The only person happy with APPR and the timetable is Cuomo - and he now enjoys 37% approval, 59% disapproval ratings. This is just two points above Spitzer on approval, three points higher than Spitzer on disapproval.

      As Cuomo's approval and favorability ratings erode, so does his power to push through his APPR system with all the complaints about it.

      That said, not everything comes down to APPR anyway.

      Quite frankly, it's gratifying to see the trend lines for approval and favorability for him in the Marist poll. There both down, down, down. Approval is worse, no doubt, but he's gone from 80%+ favorability to 52% and 60%+ job approval to 37%. You better believe that undermines him.

  3. What can a fish face like that expect...?