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New poll shows Cuomo's approval rating dropping among voters

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s favorability and job performance ratings have fallen in a new poll, taken after Cuomo last month proposed a state budget plan with big tax hikes and the start of a high-profile corruption trial involving one of the governor’s most trusted former advisers.

Like his favorability and job rating numbers, Cuomo’s re-election rating also dropped by double digits from a poll taken last month, according to a new poll out Monday by Siena College.

If November’s election was held now, 50 percent said they would support Cuomo, with 42 percent preferring a vague “someone else.’’ Eight percent were uncertain. A month ago, 55 percent would re-elect Cuomo and just 36 percent wanted someone else.

Fifty-three percent of New Yorkers give Cuomo a negative job performance rating and his favorability among registered voters stood at 53-40 percent, down from 62 percent positive and 30 percent negative last month.

Cuomo saw a large drop in his favorability rating among upstate residents, the poll found, and he also lost ground with Republicans and Democrats, independents and with voters in New York City, one of the bluest cities in the nation.

The good news for Cuomo, said Siena spokesman Steven Greenberg, is that two Republicans who want to challenge Cuomo this year in his expected re-election bid are virtually unknown among voters. Eighty-one percent of respondents said they either did not know enough or had no opinion about Sen. John DeFrancisco, a Syracuse-area Republican; 83 percent said the same of Joel Giambra, the former Erie County executive. The poll did not ask about another Republican eyeing a run: Joseph Holland, who was an official in the administration of former Gov. George Pataki.

DeFrancisco and Giambra, both declared candidates, only recently started campaigning.

In other topics, the poll found that 70 percent of New Yorkers want an investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russia’s interference with the 2016 presidential election to continue without interference by the White House or Congress. Sixty percent of New Yorkers say they trust Mueller; 35 percent said they trust President Trump.

Democrats outnumber Republicans in New York by more than 2-to-1.

Cuomo spokesman Richard Azzopardi said the the governor's poll numbers have moved up and down by about 10 points through the past year. He said the movement was "in connection with the national debate,'' saying that local elections have been affected by doings in Washington. "In this new Trump reality, all politics is national,'' he said.

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