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Trump remains unpopular in New York State in first days of presidency

Donald J. Trump did not suddenly transform himself into New York's favorite son in the first days of his presidency.

On the contrary, a Siena College poll released Monday found a slight dip in the Trump's popularity in the first days of his new administration.

The poll of 812 New York State voters found that 37 percent held a favorable impression of Trump, down from 41 percent in a December Siena poll. The percentage of respondents viewing Trump negatively climbed to 55 percent, from 53 percent in December, which is within the poll's 3.9 percent margin of error.

Siena conducted the poll from Jan. 22 – Trump's third day in office – through Jan. 26. The poll was completed before Trump issued a controversial executive order on Friday that temporarily suspends refugee resettlement and restricts immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries.

The poll found that a slight majority of New York voters – 51 percent – are pessimistic about the nation's future under Trump, while 47 percent are optimistic. A month earlier, poll respondents were nearly evenly divided, with 49 percent optimistic and 48 percent pessimistic.

“A strong majority of New Yorkers believes that the actions Trump takes on infrastructure will make America better, including a majority of Democrats," said Siena pollster Steven Greenberg. "That’s the only issue, however, that Democrats think Trump will make America better."

Trump plans to try to push Congress to approve a $1 trillion infrastructure plan, although the details of it have not yet been announced.

A plurality in the poll said Trump would improve relations with Russia. But on seven other issues – including immigration – a majority of poll respondents in deeply Democratic New York State said Trump will make matters worse.

New Yorkers seemed especially concerned about Trump's actions on the environment and race relations. On those two issues, by a two-to-one margin, poll respondents said Trump would make matters worse.

“A large majority of Republicans think he will make America better on all nine issues tested, while a majority of independents say he will make America better on infrastructure and a plurality say he will make America better on health care and U.S.-Russia relations,” Greenberg said.

The poll also found that former President Barack Obama left office on a wave of popularity in New York State. Some 67 percent of respondents had a favorable impression of Obama, which is his highest favorability rating in a Siena poll since August 2009. Some 30 percent had a negative view of the former president.

"Only Republicans, conservatives and Catholics have a favorable view of Trump, while only Republicans and conservatives have an unfavorable view of Obama,” Greenberg said.

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