Poll shows Trump, Congress are deeply unpopular in N.Y.

May 26, 2017

President Donald Trump, who’s never been very popular in New York, has reached an all-time low in the opinions of voters, according to a new poll.


As his 2016 rally in Buffalo proved, Donald Trump enjoys solid support in Western New York. However, it's a drastically different story elsewhere in New York State.
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According to the Siena College survey, Trump is viewed unfavorably by about two-thirds — 65 percent — of New Yorkers, with only his core base of some of the state’s Republicans still standing by the president. Sixty-three percent of registered GOP members who were surveyed believe Trump is doing an excellent or good job in office.

Only about a quarter of New Yorkers overall like the president’s job performance, and 57 percent say he’s doing a “poor job” in office, said Siena’s Steve Greenberg.

“There’s a lot of dissatisfaction with what’s going on in Washington, D.C., right now,” Greenberg said.

The numbers for Congress are even worse. Only 21 percent of New Yorkers approve of the Democrats in Congress, and 17 percent support the Republicans.

Greenberg said the numbers include a figure among independents that he’s never encountered. Just 5 percent of independents view Republican members of Congress favorably, and 94 percent of independents rate them unfavorably.

“I don’t think I have ever seen a job approval rating for anybody be 5-94,” Greenberg said.

Even one of the state’s perennially popular politicians, Sen. Chuck Schumer, who is now the Senate minority leader, has taken a hit. Schumer’s favorable rating of 57 percent has dropped 10 points since last December.

Greenberg attributes the record low ratings and high dissatisfaction to a number of factors, including the lack of any major achievements in the Trump administration so far and seemingly endless controversies.

“They want to see action,” Greenberg said. “What they are seeing right now is politicians of all stripes not working for them.”

The majority of New Yorkers also are concerned about possible ties between members of the Trump administration and Russia. And two-thirds want to keep the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, rather than adopt the repeal and replacement plan approved by the Republican-led House of Representatives. The survey was conducted before the Congressional Budget Office reported Tuesday that the House plan would result in 23 million more Americans becoming uninsured over the next decade.

Greenberg said elected officials are likely taking note.

“Any elected official should be worried when voters have an attitude like this,” Greenberg said.

But he said it’s still too early to read any election consequences into the numbers. It’s a long time until November 2018.