Siena poll: Trump approval in NY at all-time low, Cuomo's numbers mixed

Oct 9, 2017

A Siena Research Institute poll suggests while President Donald Trump may be a native New Yorker, most folks in the state neither like him nor approve of his job performance. That same survey of registered New York voters also offers mixed results for Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is now less than a year away from a re-election bid.

The latest Siena College poll was conducted between the dates of September 25 and October 2, surveying 789 registered New York voters.


President Trump's favorability rating was at 28 percent. That's down one point from the previous poll taken one month before. His job performance rating is even lower, with only 23 percent of respondents saying he's doing a good job.

"Even on specific issues, how he's handled the aftermath of the hurricanes, only 34 percent gave him a positive rating. Sixty five percent give him a negative rating," said Siena pollster Steve Greenberg. "When it comes to Korea and how he's dealing with North Korea, 25 percent give him a positive rating. Nearly three quarters, 73 percent, give him a negative rating."

Greenberg suggests Trump is a "red" native son in a "blue" state. Republicans gave Trump favorable ratings in his stances on terrorism and natural disaster response but even they have topics where Trump struggles.

"Even among Republicans are evenly divided on his handling of Korea," Greenberg said. 

Democrats, meanwhile, gave Trump at least 78 percent disapproval of his performance across the board, while about 58 percent of those identifying themselves as independents also gave the president negative reviews.

Governor Cuomo, meanwhile, has mixed numbers in the latest Siena poll. But overall, his numbers improved.

"The governor hit a rocky point at the beginning of the summer. In July his numbers were down significantly," Greenberg said. "Last month, in September, his numbers bounced back a little bit. For the second month in a row, his numbers are up again."

Fifty seven percent of respondents considered Cuomo "favorable." However, only 48 percent gave the governor a positive job performance rating. 

Cuomo does, meanwhile, had slightly positive numbers when voters were asked about whether they'd re-elect him next year. Of those surveyed, 52 percent stated they'd be willing to vote for him for another term, while 41 of those responding said they'd prefer "someone else."

The Assembly and State Senate both earned less than 50 percent approval in the Siena poll. Voters gave the Assembly a 43 percent approval rating while the Senate was at 47 percent favorability.

Senator Charles Schumer, who became the House Minority Leader this year, earned a 58 percent approval rating while fellow Senator from New York Kirsten Gillibrand had 50 percent favorability. Gillibrand's term ends next year. Though she has not yet declared whether she'll seek re-election, only 48 percent of those responding to Siena said they would vote for her for another term, while 33 percent said they would prefer someone else.