ALBANY — Gov. Cuomo saw a sizable dip in his poll numbers while New Yorkers also continue strongly back legislation making it easier for child sex abuse victims to seek justice as adults, a new poll released Monday shows.
Cuomo’s favorability rating fell to 53%, the Siena College poll found. And 40% of those polled had an unfavorable opinion of him.
That’s a change for the worse from January, when 62% viewed him favorably and 30% unfavorably.
His job performance rating also fell over the past month. Just 45% of New Yorkers said Cuomo is doing an excellent or good job, while 53% rated his performance as fair to poor.
In January, Cuomo’s job approval rating sat at 50%.
The drop over the past month follows the first three weeks of a federal corruption trial involving Cuomo’s former long-time aide and confidante Joseph Percoco and even as those surveyed showed support for many of his initiatives.
“Much of what Cuomo has been talking about over the last several weeks has been overshadowed by the ongoing coverage of the federal corruption trial in Manhattan, in which the governor has been featured prominently,” Siena College Pollster Steven Greenberg said.
Half of New Yorkers say they are prepared to re-elect Cuomo to a third term in November — while 42% say they would prefer someone else.
In January, 55% said they want to see Cuomo re-elected in January — which was a 7-point increase from 48% polled in November.
While Cuomo’s numbers fluctuate, more than eight in 10 New Yorkers say they have little knowledge about the two declared Republican candidates for governor—Senate Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco and former Erie Count Executive Joel Giambra.
“Both have a lot of work to do to become known to voters over the next eight months,” Greenberg said.
Meanwhile, support for the Child Victims Act remains strong, the poll shows.
Seventy-nine percent of New Yorkers support passage of the measure that would extend the time that child sex abuse victims have to bring criminal and civil cases as adults. It would also open a one-year window to revive old cases and treat public and private institutions the same when it comes to child sex abuse.
In January, 76% support passage of the Child Victims Act, which over the past 12 years has gotten through the Democrat-dominated Assembly only to die in the GOP-controlled Senate.
“New Yorkers of every stripe continue to overwhelmingly support the Child Victims Act,” Greenberg said.
About two-thirds of New Yorkers also support an initiative to enact early voting in New York and prohibit public money from being used to settle sexual harassment claims against government officials.
There is also strong support for the creation of a state DREAM Act that would allow the children of undocumented immigrants to receive state financial aid for college, strengthen then work’s abortion laws, and eliminate cash bail for people facing misdemeanor and non-violent felony charges.
Fifty-six percent say they support the legalization of recreational pot while 40% oppose the idea.
But New Yorkers by a 49% to 39% margin support Cuomo’s planet to sue the federal government over the new tax act that the governor says targets New York and other blue states by severely restricting the federal deductibility of state and local income and property taxes.