Q Poll: 86 percent approve of Cuomo’s flood response

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Not even a pair of 500-year floods could bring Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s approval ratings down.

New Yorkers gave Cuomo high marks for his handling of a pair of major storms that caused destructive flooding across large portions of the state in August and September, with 86 percent saying they approved of the governor’s response to Tropical Storms Irene and Lee, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Cuomo’s response in part helped boost his overall approval rating to an all-time high of 66 percent, the highest it has been since he took office in January.

“New York’s love affair with Gov. Andrew Cuomo persists, perhaps helped along by Irene and Lee,” Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said in a statement. “Yes, we like him. Yes, we like his policies. Yes, we think he did a good job on the tropical storms. Yes, he’s dominating the legislature. Maybe we should ask about his Queens accent.”

Irene hit much of the eastern portion of the state hard when it dumped record rainfall on Aug. 28, with Lee causing massive flooding in the Southern Tier less than two weeks later.

The Cuomo administration had received wide praise for their response to the storms from lawmakers and local officials on both sides of the aisle, with today’s poll confirming the bipartisan support. The survey found 88 percent of Democrats and 82 percent of Republicans in New York said they approved of the way the governor handled the storms.

Only 7 percent said they disapproved of Cuomo’s response, with 7 percent undecided, according to the poll.

The Quinnipiac poll surveyed 1,016 New York residents between Sept. 13 and 18, with a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.

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