Poll: New Yorkers fear 'second wave' of COVID-19

May 27, 2020

Most New Yorkers believe the state should not reopen too quickly, according to a new Siena Poll.

Seventy-five percent of those surveyed believe it is at least somewhat likely we will face another large outbreak of COVID-19 this year.

"New Yorkers, including 79% of Democrats, 50% of Republicans, 54% of Independents, see a bigger danger for the state in moving too quickly to reopen rather than moving too slowly," said pollster Steve Greenberg.

The poll found nearly 90% of voters support the governor’s order requiring face masks to be worn in public when social distancing cannot be maintained. That is little changed from last month.

Also, more than half of those voters polled know someone who has tested positive for the coronavirus, while more than a third know someone who has died from the virus.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo received a 66-30% favorability rating, down from a record high 77-21% last month. His job performance rating is 63-36%, down from a record 71-28% percent.

Just 44% gave him high marks for addressing the needs of nursing homes, but voters approve his overall handling of the pandemic 76-21%, down from 84-15% in April. That includes Republicans.

“While Republicans still approve of his handling of the pandemic 56-39%, small majorities of Republicans view him unfavorably and give him a negative job performance rating,” said Greenberg.

Credit Siena College