Cuomo’s Approval Rating Falls From Historic High
New York - The coronavirus has elevated Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s profile to historic heights, as Americans hung on his daily press conference to explain the complex and give hope when hundreds were dying every day. Rumors swirled that Democrats were seeking to switch Joe Biden for the governor as the party’s standard bearer to take on president Trump this year.
But a poll Wednesday showed it to be a temporary bump. The Siena College survey found that the Democratic politician lost eleven percent of his support in the past month as he faces questioning over orders that led to the deaths of thousands of elderly people.
Cuomo’s approval rating slid to 66 percent, down from 77 percent in April, matching the 77 percent support he had when he first took office in 2011. And voters approve his overall handling of the pandemic 76-21 percent, down from 84-15 percent in April.
“Cuomo’s stratospheric ratings from New Yorkers in April have fallen from their record highs,” said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg.
Greenberg said that virus liked his daily shows, giving Cuomo an 81 percent rating for communication. However, 48 percent blame him for the 5,300 deaths in nursing homes, while 44 percent don’t rate him negatively over that.
Cuomo issued an executive order early on that nursing homes must accept all elderly patients from hospitals, even though who tested positive for Covid-19.
Voters also believe that moving too quickly to loosen stay-at- orders is a bigger danger than moving too slowly to loosen those orders, even though it may result in a worse economic impact and more jobs lost.
Looking to the fall, 64 percent think it is at least somewhat likely that schools will reopen in September, and 75 percent say it is at least somewhat likely we will face another large outbreak of Covid-19.
By an 89-9 percent margin, voters support the governor’s order requiring face masks to be worn in public when social distancing cannot be maintained. Yet, 71 percent say in the last week they have seen someone not wearing a mask who should be.
Fifty-seven percent know someone who has tested positive for coronavirus, including more than two-thirds of downstaters, up from 51 percent last month. Thirty-seven percent know someone who has died, including nearly half of downstaters.
In surprising news, President Trump is gaining support in liberal New York at Democrat Joe Biden’s expense. Biden leads by a 25-percent margin, down significantly from the 36 percent lead he held in April.
Photo by: Darren McGee- Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo