Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s job-approval rating was 56 percent to 15 percent, with 29 percent undecided, a Quinnipiac University poll today found. And 68 percent to 19 percent said they agreed with Cuomo’s strategy of meeting with legislators over a meal rather than “trying to steamroll them.”
The poll asks the steamroller question to show the contrast with former self-proclaimed steamroller Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who tried to browbeat the Legislature into backing his agenda.
Voters in a Quinnipiac poll on Feb. 13, 2007, liked Spitzer’s style too after he took office, finding that 61 percent to 24 percent voters liked Spitzer’s steamrolling style. But they soured on his style by October 2007, with a Quinnipiac University poll finding 51 percent to 16 percent that Spitzer’s way was contributing to gridlock rather than helping.
The poll found Cuomo got a 57–14 percent approval from Republicans; 56–14 percent from Democrats; and 59-14 percent from independent voters. Approval was 63–13 percent among upstate voters; 50–17 percent among suburban voters; and 53–15 percent among New York City voters.
Voters disapproved 65–20 percent of the job the state Legislature is doing.
“Gov. Andrew Cuomo is a Democrat, right? His job approval is strong but the political and geographical pattern has a Republican look – he does best upstate, better than in the city or suburbs,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
“Those sit-down meals with legislators in the Governor’s Mansion are a good idea, voters think. They prefer Cuomo’s friendly persuasion to the steamroller personality claimed by former Gov. Eliot Spitzer. Voters prefer breaking bread to breaking heads.”
On other issues:
— New York voters approve 57–28 percent of the way Cuomo is handling the state budget.
— Voters oppose 76–22 percent cutting state aid to public schools.
— Voters oppose 64–32 percent cutting Medicaid.
— Voters support 58–37 percent reducing pensions for new state employees.
— Voters support 72–24 percent a wage freeze for state workers.
— Voters support 56–32 percent furloughs for state workers.
— Voters split on state worker layoffs with 46 percent in support and 48 percent opposed.
The poll from Feb. 15–21 surveyed 1,457 registered voters with a margin of error of 2.6 percentage points.