Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Approval Rating Drops To An All-Time Low

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 15:  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo attends a press conference after a bi-state meeting on security
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 15: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo attends a press conference after a bi-state meeting on security preparedness for the New York-New Jersey area on Septemeber 15, 2014 in New York. The meeting involved numerous agencies at the state and national level, including the Department of Homeland Security, New Jersey State National Guard, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, New York National Guard and Metroplitan Transportation Authority police, amongst others. (Photo by Andrew Burt/Getty Images)

It's been a rocky second term for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D). According to a Siena Research Institute survey, a record low 41 percent of New York voters say they approve of the job the governor is doing, while 59 percent disapprove.

The results reflect a 3-point drop in approval from just one month ago and an 8-point drop from June 2014, based on previous Siena polls.

Cuomo's favorability rating -- how voters feel about him personally-- has also dropped to its lowest point, 53 percent. That's a 3-point drop from one month ago and a 10-point drop from June 2014.

A WSJ/NBC/Marist poll conducted in early May resulted in even lower numbers for the governor, with only 37 percent of New York voters expressing approval.

The results come amid a period of increased concern about corruption in the state government. In February, former state House Speaker Sheldon Silver was indicted
on charges of fraud and extortion, and in May, state Sen. Dean Skelos was indicted on charges of corruption. The Siena survey found that 90 percent of voters said that corruption in the Albany state government was a somewhat or very serious concern.

Still, corruption is not the only thing New Yorkers are worried about. The poll found that voters rated the economy and education as the top two most important issues they want to see improvement on, while corruption ranked third.

Voters have been expressing disapproval of Cuomo since he began his second term in January. A Quinnipiac University poll conducted in March suggested that growing discontent with the governor's new education policy could be at the root of the disapproval.

Cuomo's second term will not end until 2018, but several Democratic candidates have already expressed interest in challenging Cuomo.

The Siena Research Institute surveyed 695 registered New York state voters May 18-21 via landline and cell phone.



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