New York voters view Gov. Andrew Cuomo less favorably and give him lower job approval scores than they did in January, according to a new Siena College poll released Monday.
The poll found 53 percent of voters have a favorable view of Cuomo, down from 62 percent last month. His favorability among Democrats remains high (68 percent), but two-thirds of Republicans view him unfavorably.
Cuomo's favorable rating is highest in New York City, where 62 percent of voters view him favorably. His favorability among downstate suburban voters is at 55 percent. In upstate New York, however, he is viewed favorably by only 36 percent of respondents. Most upstaters surveyed — 58 percent — said they have an unfavorable opinion of the Democratic governor.
"After hitting his second-term high favorability rating last month, Governor Cuomo's favorability, job performance and re-elect ratings all hit significant speed bumps this month," Siena pollster Steve Greenberg said.
After half of voters said Cuomo was doing an excellent or good job in January, 45 percent of voters this month said that was the case. More than half of those surveyed (53 percent) said he is doing a fair or poor job as governor.
While his favorability and job approval ratings took a hit, half of voters still would vote to re-elect him to a third term as governor. But that is down from 55 percent in January.
What Cuomo has, though, is name recognition. The poll found that his two potential Republican opponents, state Sen. John DeFrancisco and former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra, are unknown to a vast majority of voters.
DeFrancisco, a Syracuse-area Republican, has a 10 percent favorable rating and 9 percent of voters view him unfavorably. But 81 percent of voters, including three-quarters of Republicans, don't know who he is or have no opinion of him.
Giambra's numbers are similar. He has a 7 percent favorable rating and 9 percent have a negative view of him. A vast majority of voters — 84 percent — don't know him.
The Siena Research Institute's poll, which was conducted Feb. 5-8, surveyed 823 registered voters in New York. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percent.