A total of 87 percent of New York voters say corruption is a “very serious” or “somewhat serious” problem in government, according to a poll released Wednesday.
The Quinnipiac University found Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s approval rating rebounded ever-so-slightly since last month, increasing from 55 percent to 57 percent. It was buoyed by an increase in support from Republicans, with 48 percent approving of the job he’s done compared to 39 percent opposed, a flip from last month.
But the survey also shows corruption is certainly on the mind of voters, after Sen. Malcolm Smith and Assemblyman Eric Stevenson were charged in separate bribery schemes last month. (Both have said they will be exonerated.)
Forty-eight percent of voters said government corruption is a “very serious” problem, the highest mark Quinnipiac has seen since it first asked the question in 2003. Thirty-nine percent said it is “somewhat serious.”
And 47 percent of voters say the onus lies on Cuomo to clean up the mess, compared to 34 percent who pointed to the state Legislature, according to the poll. A total of 52 percent said Cuomo’s efforts to fight corruption have been “not good” or “poor,” while 37 percent said “excellent” or “good.”
Cuomo has laid out two phases of his anti-corruption plan since Smith and Stevenson’s arrests. On Tuesday, he called for a repeal of the state’s Wilson Pakula law and the creation of a new enforcement unit at the state Board of Elections.
Quinnipiac surveyed 1,404 New York voters between April 9 and 14. It has a margin of error of 2.6 percentage points.