The Chauffeur Bump

Here’s something unusual from today’s Siena poll: Alan Hevesi’s approval rating improved.

Hevesi’s favorable/unfavorable rating is now 40-21 percent, from 40-14 percent last month.

This poll came after a period in which the story about Hevesi’s use of a state employee as a chauffeur for his wife got more exposure, as both Eliot Spitzer and John Faso criticized the comptroller during their televised debate.

Either New York voters are surprisingly pro-chauffeur, or, as is more usually the case, they simply haven’t found this story nearly as fascinating or meaningful as the press has.

The rest of the poll is here.

— Azi Paybarah

UPDATE: The mayor just took a pass on the Hevesi chauffeur scandal. Here’s what he told reporters:

“I don’t think it serves any purpose for me to get involved. Having said that, I do think that the most important thing is that the public believes that their government is honest. Now I’ve known Alan Hevesi for a long time and I’ve always thought that he was an honest, very hard-working elected official and I was just disappointed to read in the paper about this indiscretion or however you want to phrase it.”

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