Gov. Andrew Cuomo's favorable and job performance ratings dropped to the lowest levels since he became governor in January 2011, according to the new Siena Research Institute poll released Monday.
Cuomo's favorable rating dropped to 58 percent in June -- the first time as governor his favorability has dipped below 60 percent. His favorability is down six points from last month's levels and down 14 points since January, when his favorable rating was 71 percent.
The governor's job performance rating is nearly even, with 50 percent giving Cuomo an excellent or good rating and 49 percent giving the governor a fair or poor review.
“Governor Cuomo’s standing with voters has now reached the lowest since he’s been governor,” Siena pollster Steve Greenberg said. “His 58 percent favorable rating is the lowest it has ever been as governor – four points lower than the 62 percent rating he had two months ago – and the lowest it’s been since October 2010, one month before his election. His drop this month is more attributable to Democrats than to Republicans or independents."
The number of voters who said they would support Cuomo for re-election in 2014 also decreased. A little more than half of voters surveyed — 52 percent — said they would vote for Cuomo next year, down 10 points from December's levels and a decrease of three points from May's numbers.
Forty-one percent of voters said they prefer someone else for governor in 2014.
Cuomo's favorability among Democrats remains strong, with 71 percent saying they have a favorable view of the governor. But 54 percent of Republican voters and 55 percent of conservatives said they have an unfavorable opinion of Cuomo.
There is also a regional divide in Cuomo's favorable rating. While he has strong support in New York City and 57 percent favorable rating among suburban voters, upstate voters are split. A plurality of upstate voters — 48 percent — have an unfavorable opinion of Cuomo, while 46 percent said they have a favorable view of the governor.