Cuomo of the Pack

Reuters
Reuters

New Quinnipiac poll: Cuomo outscores Christie, other guvs.

Conducted Apr. 5-11, error margin 2.4 points.

NEW YORK’S CUOMO OUTSCORES CHRISTIE, OTHER GOVERNORS IN STATES POLLED BY QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY;

MORE NEW YORKERS APPROVE OF NEW STATE BUDGET

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has a 64 – 16 percent job approval rating among registered voters, higher than the governors in any state polled by Quinnipiac University so far this year.

The next highest governor is New Jersey’s Christopher Christie, with a 52 – 40 percent approval rating in a February 9 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.  Governors in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida and Ohio all had approval ratings below 50 percent, but these governors all are involved in unresolved state budget battles.

Today’s results are up from a 56 – 15 percent Cuomo approval February 23.

In today’s survey, even Republicans approve of Gov. Cuomo 58 – 18 percent.

New York State voters approve 47 – 31 percent of the new state budget and 31 percent say Cuomo is most responsible for the budget agreement.  Another 8 percent say the legislature is most responsible while 57 percent say Cuomo and the legislature are equally responsible.

Cuomo won his first state budget battle on the merits, 47 percent of voters say, while 25 percent say he used intimidation and 8 percent say he used charm.

As a rising tide lifts all boats, voters split 41 – 40 percent in their job approval for their local State Assembly member, up from a 42 – 35 percent disapproval February 23.  Voters approve 49 – 36 percent of their local state senator, compared to 49 – 32 percent February 23.

“It’s a bird!  It’s a plane!  It’s Super-Andrew!   Gov. Andrew Cuomo comes out of the budget vote – usually a punishing time for politicians – with impressive job-approval numbers,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

“New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie may be getting the national attention, but the guy next door is doing better with home state voters.  We’ll see how Christie does as he wages the budget battle of Trenton.”

Related Topics: Christie, Cuomo, 2012 Elections, Congress, Issues, News, Republican Party

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