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New Yorkers are a confusing bunch: Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s popularity apparently keeps going up even though many in the Empire State are still pissed about transparency in Albany.
Check it out: a Siena Research Institute poll released this morning suggests 73 percent of voters favorably view Cuomo, compared to 22 percent who don’t. This is an increase from the 69-25 margin recorded in last month’s stats.
And New Yorkers like what he’s doing: 63 percent thought he was doing a good job and 36 thought he was doing poorly — up from the previous 57-42 percent split.
Today’s news comes after an April 4 Quinnipiac poll put Cuomo at 68 percent job approval rating.
But as the Voice‘s James King pointed out last week, Quinnipiac identified that 76 percent feel that Cuomo’s lack of transparency on major policy deals — like the budget — constitutes “a very serious or somewhat serious problem.”
Indeed, only 40 percent of participants interviewed by Siena thought that Albany was “more open and transparent.” Five percent say it’s less, but most people don’t think there’s much of a chance. Around of 46 percent say there’s been no change during Cuomo’s tenure.
This could certainly be interpreted as an improvement for the gov — in September, only 30 percent thought that Cuomo made the government more open.
Looks like the budget might have had a lot to do with this.
Remember that Cuomo brokered the $132 billion state budget agreement with legislators during an all-night marathon of closed-door, backroom negotiations. People called his move the “big ugly,” but some were pleased that the budget was completed on time, King noted last week.
Well, it might be the case that budget bargaining and approval are correlated — despite transparency concerns. Some 60 percent gave Cuomo an ‘A’ or ‘B’-grade on his budget performance, according to Siena. And “more than nine in ten voters say having an on-time budget is important, including 63 percent who say it’s very important.”
[H/T City and State]