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Siena College poll finds support for Trump drops for third consecutive month in New York

As support for President Trump declined around the country last week, it did so in New York State, too.

He has not had this low a favorable number since October 2016, before he won the election, and this is the third month in a row that his favorability has dropped, according to a Siena College poll.

The poll shows 63 percent of New Yorkers have an unfavorable view of the president, compared to 33 percent who have a favorable opinion.

This comes after FBI Director James Comey testified last week that he had no evidence to back up Trump's claim that former President Barack Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower and after the House of Representatives failed to gain enough support through the week to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA) to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also  known as Obamacare.

And, like the rest of the country, there is a sharp divide between Democrat and Republican opinions on the president. Republicans had a 22 percent unfavorable to 73 percent favorable view of Trump, while for Democrats it was the opposite  - 85 percent unfavorable and 12 percent favorable.

“New York voters look a lot like Congress: Democrats strongly opposed the AHCA and overwhelmingly support keeping and improving Obamacare. A majority of Republicans supported the AHCA – with a sizable minority who opposed it – and strongly support repealing and replacing Obamacare. Independent voters are much closer to the views of Democrats,” said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg.

He added that half of all New Yorkers both opposed the AHCA  and favor keeping or improving Obamacare, while only 17 percent both want Obamacare repealed and supported AHCA. New Yorkers opposed the passage of the AHCA by a 56-27 percent ratio, and were in favor of keeping Obamacare by a  67 to 30 percent, the poll found.

Twenty-six percent of New Yorkers say Trump is doing an excellent or good job as president, while 71 percent say he is doing a fair or poor job. Again, the opinion depends on the political party: 81 percent of Democrats said the president was doing a poor job, while 16 percent of Republicans rated his performance as poor.

Trump wasn't the only politician to see his favorable rating go down. New Yorkers have a 54 percent favorable opinion of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo this month, compared to 60 percent last month. But his initiatives for free college tuition at state schools, extending the millionaire's tax and allowing ride-sharing services have wide support.

The Siena College Poll was conducted from March 19 to Thursday by telephone calls to 791 registered voters in New York State. It has an overall margin of error of  plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.


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