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Digging Into Liberals’ Enduring Help for Andrew Cuomo

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been in dire straits for weeks.

Most of New York’s main politicians have now known as on him to resign, and he doesn’t precisely have the total confidence of his state’s voters, as a Siena School ballot launched yesterday confirmed. By an 18-point margin, respondents mentioned they didn’t need him to run for a fourth time period subsequent yr, as he had been extensively anticipated to do, and his favorability ranking is as little as it’s ever been.

However as harsh as these outcomes might sound, the survey really contained a exceptional quantity of less-than-terrible information for the embattled governor. Simply 35 p.c of New York voters mentioned he ought to “instantly resign,” whereas 50 p.c mentioned he shouldn’t. (One other 15 p.c weren’t certain.)

And solely 34 p.c mentioned they doubted he would be capable to proceed governing successfully; 48 p.c mentioned he can be, the ballot discovered.

A decisive majority, 57 p.c, mentioned they had been glad with the apology Cuomo gave this month, whereas simply 32 p.c mentioned they weren’t.

Politics has been mentioned to make unusual bedfellows, and on this case Cuomo’s most dependable supporters are a few of the teams one would possibly usually assume to be probably the most bothered by sexual harassment claims: particularly, girls and self-described liberal voters.

Ladies voters — who pattern extra Democratic than males — had been 5 factors extra seemingly than their male counterparts to say the governor shouldn’t resign (52 p.c, in contrast with 47 p.c). They had been additionally 5 factors extra more likely to name his apology passable (59 p.c, versus 54 p.c of males).

Amongst liberals, a whopping 69 p.c mentioned they had been glad with how he had addressed the allegations. Simply 19 p.c had been dissatisfied.

Cuomo’s favorability has fallen the furthest amongst Democrats, from 78 p.c in a Siena ballot final month to 59 p.c now. Thirty p.c of Democratic voters in New York now maintain a detrimental view of their governor. Nonetheless, that’s a broadly favorable ranking.

The Siena ballot was performed all through final week, with a overwhelming majority of interviews going down earlier than many high-profile politicians within the state known as on Cuomo to resign, together with practically your complete New York delegation in Congress. And late final week the State Meeting opened an impeachment investigation targeted on Cuomo’s actions towards girls.

That investigation may flip up extra damaging claims towards him — and it’s attainable that extra allegations may trickle out in information experiences, as they’ve over the previous two weeks, placing even larger stress on the governor to step apart.

Nevertheless it’s clear from the ballot that many New York voters don’t suppose his actions warrant booting him from workplace — no less than not but.

Don Levy, the director of polling at Siena, mentioned in an interview that the sturdiness of Cuomo’s help seemed to be pushed largely by his very public function guiding the state by means of the coronavirus pandemic — and now that vaccines are being extensively distributed, he could also be reaping rewards.

Levy cited “the nice will and capital that he constructed up with months of each day appearances, press conferences, PowerPoints,” and pointed to a discovering within the ballot that 65 p.c of New York voters mentioned the worst of the pandemic was now behind us — the primary time a majority have mentioned this in a Siena survey.

“You need to surmise {that a} sizable variety of New Yorkers credit score Andrew Cuomo with getting us thus far,” Levy mentioned.

After all, his dealing with of the pandemic has not been with out hiccups. Final month, Cuomo publicly accepted accountability for his function in suppressing the official rely of Covid-19-related deaths in New York’s nursing houses. Requested a couple of vary of points associated to the pandemic, voters gave the governor optimistic marks on how he had dealt with all besides one: publishing “all information” relating to Covid-related deaths in nursing houses.

Nonetheless, his dealing with of the pandemic continues to be his robust swimsuit. Sixty p.c of voters within the Siena ballot authorised of how he had dealt with the virus. That’s his lowest quantity but on this query, however nonetheless nearly twice as excessive because the share who mentioned they disapproved.

In February 2020, a month earlier than Covid-19 was declared a pandemic and Cuomo ordered a statewide shutdown, New York voters had been barely extra more likely to say the state was headed within the fallacious route than to say it was heading in the right direction. However as quickly because the pandemic started, and Cuomo positioned himself as a frontline fighter towards the virus, that flipped.

The subsequent month, New York voters mentioned by greater than 2-to-1 that issues had been headed in the correct route of their state, and their views haven’t flipped detrimental once more since. (By comparability, New York voters’ views of the place the nation at massive was headed remained typically detrimental all of final yr.)

This time 4 years in the past, as Cuomo neared the tip of his second time period, New York voters had been cut up on whether or not he ought to run once more. Forty-eight p.c mentioned they’d prefer to see him re-elected, and 41 p.c mentioned they’d want that another person take the reins, based on a Siena ballot on the time. Finally, Cuomo simply fended off a main problem, and gained re-election handily.

Issues are trying much less favorable for him now, with simply 34 p.c of the state’s voters — and solely 46 p.c of Democrats — saying they’d like the chance to re-elect him. However Cuomo, regardless of being broadly disliked by a lot of his colleagues in Albany, has weathered storms up to now.

“He’s taken successful,” Levy mentioned. “And will he go decrease? Completely. However proper now, public opinion appears to be saying: ‘I’m ready to attend this factor out for a short while.’”

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