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Cuomo’s Approval Rating Drops To Lowest Number In 8 Years

February 11, 2019 - 2:05 pm

ALBANY, N.Y. (WCBS 880/AP) — A new poll shows Gov. Andrew Cuomo has his lowest approval rating since being elected to office.

The Siena College poll released Monday says Cuomo’s favorability rating has slipped to 43 percent, down 8 percent from just two months ago.

However, the poll did find that New York voters support several significant proposals working their way through the state Capitol.

The survey found that nearly 70 percent of respondents back the recently passed Child Victims Act. It would extend the statute of limitations to give molestation victims more time to sue or seek criminal charges. Cuomo says he will sign the measure.

It also finds majority support for new gun control measures and a law banning discrimination based on a person's gender identity.

Still, only 35 percent of those polled approved of the job that Cuomo is doing. He’s losing popularity with voters who mostly live downstate.

Steven Greenberg, of the Siena College Poll, says the personality and politics in Washington dictated the low favorability rating because New Yorkers overwhelmingly agree with the liberal policies Cuomo has enacted.

The February 4-7 telephone survey of 778 registered voters has a margin of error of 4.3 percentage points.

(© 2019 WCBS 880. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)