- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 12, 2019

There’s disconcerting news for both Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, according to a new Siena College poll. New Yorkers are not entirely thrilled with the two Empire State Democrats.

“Voters give Cuomo and Schumer their lowest ratings ever,” the poll analysis noted.

“For the first time ever, half of New Yorkers view Andrew Cuomo unfavorably. It’s his lowest favorability rating ever and his lowest-ever job performance as governor. And it is a dramatic drop in both ratings from last month,” said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg.

“Politically, Cuomo’s ratings drop is across the board, as he fell with Democrats, Republicans and independents. Geographically, his drop was much bigger downstate – New York City and the suburbs – than upstate, where his ratings were significantly lower previously,” Mr. Greenberg said

Meanwhile, Mr. Schumer’s role as Senate Minority Leader appears to be “taking a toll” on how New Yorkers feel about him, the poll said.

“Just before Schumer became U.S. Senate Minority Leader, he had a 67-23 percent favorability and was far and away the most popular New York pol. At that time, Republicans viewed him favorably 55-37 percent. Today, he has a break-even favorability rating with all voters, and Republicans — New York Republicans — view him unfavorably 84-15 percent,” Mr. Greenberg said.

“He remains popular with Democrats, 63-31 percent, and independents are evenly divided.”

The poll of 778 registered New York voters was conducted Feb. 4-7 and released Monday.

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