Quinnipiac Poll: New Yorkers Like Cuomo, Obama

Wednesday, 01 Jun 2011 08:21 AM

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s policies receive support from 61 percent of the state’s voters, including both Democrats and Republicans, a Quinnipiac University poll reported.

New York state voters also gave President Barack Obama a 60-35 percent nod of approval, his highest score since Feb. 19, 2009, one month after inauguration. Independent voters split 47-47 percent, while Democrats approve 89-7 percent and Republicans disapprove 76-19 percent.

Cuomo, 53, a Democrat elected in 2010, enjoys a 61 percent to 18 percent job approval rating, and voters said they like his personality by 61 percent to 13 percent. Voters agreed with most of his policies by 61 percent to 23 percent, including 61 percent of Republicans, the poll said.

“Talk about a clean sweep! There’s not a single negative number,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute in Hamden, Conn. Voters approved of Cuomo’s handling of “that bugaboo that haunts most elected officials, the budget,” by 57 percent to 30 percent, he said.

In March, Cuomo reduced total outlays 2 percent in his $132.5 billion budget for the year that started April 1 to help close a $10 billion deficit. It marked the first time since 2006 that lawmakers passed a budget before the start of the fiscal year.

Looking ahead to the 2012 presidential election, voters say 57-36 percent that Obama deserves re-election and pick him 55-27 percent over an unnamed Republican opponent.

“This deep-blue state always has given President Barack Obama positive marks," Carroll said. "Now he’s back in that 60-percent range. New Yorkers also say that he deserves reelection and that they’d vote for him in 2012.”

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand gets a 53-22 percent approval rating, near her 54-20 percent all-time high in a Feb. 23 survey.

Voters approve 60-28 percent of the job Sen. Charles Schumer is doing.
The survey from May 24-30 used telephone interviews with 1,257 registered voters to produce a margin of error of 2.8 percentage points.

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