Fresh off his myriad legislative victories, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has an approval rating of 64 percent in a Quinnipiac University poll this morning.
That’s actually the same as it was in April, when he was fresh off his budget victory. It’s up 3 percentage points from earlier this month.
The poll found that Cuomo is significantly outpacing other governors polled by Quinnipiac, including a 20 percentage point edge over New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. The two are already being talked about as potential presidential rivals in 2016.
Cuomo had a 12 percentage point edge on Christie in a Quinnipiac poll in April, but Christie’s numbers have fallen while Cuomo’s have stayed steady.
Other governors numbers were:
• Virginia’s Bob McDonnell, 55 – 26 percent June 29
• New Jersey’s Christopher Christie, 44 – 47 percent June 21
• Connecticut’s Dannel Malloy, 38 – 44 percent June 15
• Pennsylvania’s Tom Corbett, 39 – 38 percent June 14
• Florida’s Rick Scott, 29 – 57 percent May 25
• Ohio’s John Kasich, 38 – 49 percent May 18
Cuomo is faring well among all parties: 53 – 26 percent among Republicans, 75 – 13 percent among Democrats, 61 – 19 percent among independent voters and 63 – 20 percent among voters in union households — despite targeting unions with layoffs and concessions.
Voters said they like Cuomo has a person 64 – 12 percent, no matter what they think of his policies; and they like his policies 62 – 24 percent, no matter what they think of him personally.
“It’s up, up and away for super-Andrew after the close of the legislative session. Gov. Cuomo’s job approval is high, even among Republicans, and almost 3-1 among Catholics,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “Cuomo has the same economic problems as governors in other states polled by Quinnipiac University, but somehow he outscores them all. He is a Democratic governor in a Democratic state, but so is Gov. Malloy in Connecticut.”