Siena College poll out today that shows a continued downward trend in Governor Andrew Cuomo's job approval ratings (now down to 39% approval, 60% disapproval) and favorability ratings (49% favorable, 44% unfavorable), but it's the question on education that intrigued me most:
Has Governor Cuomo done an excellent, good, fair or poor job of improving the quality of education in New York State:
Excellent - 4%
Good - 20%
Fair - 32%
Poor - 41%
Don't Know - 3%
For those of you scoring at home, that's a 24% approval, 73% disapproval rating for Cuomo on education.
Think about those numbers for a moment
By nearly a 3-1 margin, New Yorkers disapprove of Cuomo's handling of education issues.
Cuomo just imposed a radical education reform agenda on the state during the last budget session that includes an unworkable teacher evaluation system sure to cause chaos in the system.
It will be interesting to see what Cuomo's rating on education issues is after a year or so of stories in the news about teachers getting rated "ineffective" based on test scores for students they don't teach in subjects they don't teach and that sort of thing.
Overall, Cuomo's approval and favorability continue to fall, and while that hasn't stopped Cuomo from being able to shove through much of his radical agenda this past year, don't think that he's not paying a political price for it.
Looking at the polling numbers in all three polls, the Marist poll, the Siena poll, and the Quinnipiac poll, the trend over the past couple of years has been clear - New Yorkers approve of Cuomo less and less as time goes on and like him less and less as time goes on.
Three more years of this trend and Cuomo will be below the Spitzer line, certainly in approval and perhaps in favorability too.