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Trump slides, Cuomo rises in new poll of New Yorkers

ALBANY – New Yorkers increasingly and overwhelmingly have an unfavorable view of President Trump, while Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is seeing his standing among New Yorkers rise to its highest levels in two years, according to a new poll released Monday morning.

The Siena College Research Institute said 68 percent of poll respondents in blue state New York believe Trump is doing a bad job as president, and 59 percent view him as personally unfavorable.

The attitudes toward the president stretch across various demographic groups along income, age and religious backgrounds. Younger voters, or those younger than 34, give Trump the least favorable job ranking among three different age breakdowns. Sixty-two percent of whites give him a negative job performance rating; among blacks, that negative view was given by 96 percent of respondents. Beyond job performance, when asked how they view him personally, only 36 percent said they do so favorably.

In contrast, 71 percent of Republicans view Trump favorably, though that is down 6 points from a January Siena poll. When Democrats were asked the same question, just 15 percent gave him a favorable review. Fifty-three percent of voters who identified themselves as independents said they had a negative view of Trump when the poll was taken between Feb. 19-23. The poll of 723 registered voters has a 4.2 percent margin of error.

As Trump’s numbers slid from a Siena poll taken in January, the Democratic governor received a boost in his New York poll numbers.

“Voters like Cuomo more now than at any time since his second term began. Maybe it’s because they like his 2017 agenda, or perhaps it’s a comparison with the president, or it might simply be because it’s been quiet the last few months on the corruption front,’’ said Siena poll spokesman Steven Greenberg. A federal judge in April is expected to set a trial date in the corruption case against eight peoples tied either personally to Cuomo or to his upstate economic development programs, including the Buffalo Billion initiative.

Sixty percent of New Yorkers say they have a favorable view of Cuomo, according to a recent Siena poll. (Robert Kirkham/News file photo)

Sixty percent of New Yorkers say they have a favorable view of Cuomo. For the first time since 2014, 50 percent of New Yorkers also say they approve of the job he is doing as governor. Half the respondents say they could also vote for Cuomo for a third term if he runs again in 2018.

The poll suggests Cuomo’s standing may be helped by the policy and fiscal choices he is pushing in 2017. His plan to extend a surcharge on people with incomes over $1 million is backed by 77 percent of respondents, while a plan to provide free tuition at public colleges for families making less than $125,000 a year is backed by 58 percent of voters. Three-fourths of respondents say they back permitting ride-hailing services in upstate.

Theoretically, one of his easiest, feel-good proposals – extending a 750-mile biking and hiking path from New York City to Canada and from Albany to Buffalo – was opposed by 57 percent of people who responded to the poll. That view was held by voters across party and geographic lines. Viewing that pathway idea most negatively among the regions? Upstate. A plan to provide tuition benefits to the children of illegal immigrants was backed by 52 percent of voters, though most independents oppose it, as did three-quarters of GOP voters. The “Dream Act” plan has languished for several years in the GOP-controlled Senate.

That Trump, a resident of Manhattan, is not sitting well with New Yorkers can hardly be called surprising. He got only 39 percent of the presidential popular vote in New York State last fall running against Democrat Hillary Clinton, a Westchester County resident and former U.S. senator from New York. Democrats outnumber Republicans in the state by more than 2 to 1.

On the issues of creating jobs and protecting America from terrorism, New Yorkers were slightly more lenient when it came to judging Trump’s job performance. Thirty-six percent of respondents said he has done a good or excellent job in those areas. But when it comes to representing the United States on the world stage or advancing the Middle East peace process, only 25 percent gave him a favorable rating.

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