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NY Gov. Cuomo's Ratings Slide Amid Voter Anger at Corruption: Poll

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By    |   Wednesday, 03 Jun 2015 09:07 AM

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's approval ratings are at a new low because of how he handles ethics issues, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.

"Can Albany fix itself? A lot of New Yorkers don't think so," said Maurice Carroll, assistant director of the Quinnipiac poll. "There have been no charges of corruption leveled against the governor or anyone in his administration, but when the stench gets this bad, everyone starts to smell."

The poll of 1,229 New York state voters gave Cuomo a divided approval rating of 44-42 percent, according to the poll, compared to a 50-39 percent approval rating in a March 18 survey.

Not only were Cuomo's ratings low, but:
  • 55 percent believe all elected officials in Albany should be voted out of office so new officials can start with a clean slate.
  • Voters think that, regardless of party or age group, New York state-elected officials are incapable of ending political corruption in Albany.
  • Cuomo's approval ratings among Democrats was a low 55-29 percent, and among Republicans disapprove was 58-31 percent. Independent voters are divided 45-45 percent.
  • His approval rating is at 52-29 percent among New York City voters, 48-37 percent among those in the suburbs, and a negative 34-56 percent among upstate voters.
  • Voters disapprove by 53-33 percent of how Cuomo handles ethics in government.
  • Albany's practice of "Three Men in a Room," where the governor and the two top legislative leaders decide important matters of state among themselves, is one of several causes of corruption in Albany, 67 percent of voters said.
  • Voters disapprove 60-26 percent of the job the State Legislature is doing, but approve 44-37 percent of their own Assembly member and approve 54-31 percent of their own state senator.
  • 45 percent of voters say their state senator should be thrown out in a general house-cleaning, while 40 percent say their senator deserves re-election.
  • Voters approve 57-28 percent of the job U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is doing and gave U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand a 53-20 percent score.
Albany’s triumvirate, the capital's "Three Men in a Room" traditional method of settling state affairs, started the year with Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos — but now Cuomo is the only one who remains.

Silver resigned his leadership post Feb. 2 after being accused of kickback schemes. And in early May, Skelos was arrested on charges that he used his power over real-estate laws to enrich his son.

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