Forty-one percent of voters in the state now hold a favorable opinion of the president-elect ― the highest ever favorable rating in any Siena poll of New York. Trump’s favorable rating is 7 points higher now than it was when the college conducted its last poll just before Election Day. Likewise, his unfavorable rating has dropped by 10 percent in the same period, from 63 to 53 percent.
While New Yorkers are equally divided on whether Trump will have a positive impact over the next four years, a large majority are optimistic that Trump’s policies will be good for issues including infrastructure, terrorism and jobs.
Seventy-two percent of New Yorkers believe that a Trump administration is likely to improve the quality of the nation’s infrastructure. A near unanimous number of Republicans hold this belief, and a large number of Democrats (64 percent) and independents (72 percent) agree.
More than 6 in 10 New York voters say the Trump administration is likely to protect the country from terrorism. An equal proportion of voters believe Trump is likely to create more good-paying jobs.
New York voters are divided, however, on how well the Trump administration will handle Supreme Court appointments and health care. And a majority of New Yorkers don’t think Trump is likely to establish “a spirit of bipartisanship in Washington.”
Trump’s national favorable rating has also increased by 7 points since early November, according to the HuffPost Pollster national chart that aggregates publicly available polls. About 47 percent of Americans currently hold a favorable opinion of Trump, while about 50 percent hold an unfavorable one.
The Siena College Poll of 807 registered New York State voters was conducted from Nov. 27 and Dec. 1, 2016, and has a ± 3.8 margin of error.