A new Siena College poll showed New York voters approve of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s teacher evaluation plan, though support is slipping for his proposed constitutional amendment allowing non-Indian casinos in the state. The governor’s overall approval rating remains high, although his numbers took a bit of a hit since last month.
Siena found half of New York voters believe the teacher evaluations agreement will improve the quality of public education compared to 38 percent who say it will have no effect and three percent who say it will hurt schools around the state. Voters said the agreement was fair to teachers by a margin of 57 percent to 30 percent.
According to the poll Governor Cuomo is viewed favorably by 69 percent of voters and just 25 percent view him unfavorably. Those numbers are quite strong, but down from February’s poll, which found 74 percent of voters viewed the governor favorably and just 18 percent had an unfavorable impression. Governor Cuomo got his highest marks on improving the ethical standards of government in Albany (41 percent of voters said his work has improved Albany’s ethics) and his lowest performance grades on public education (just 22 percent said his efforts have made schools better and 27 percent said he’s made education more of a problem).
Last month, 52 percent of voters said they supported a constitutional amendment allowing non-Indian casinos in the state and 44 percent registered opposition. This month, support has slipped with voters nearly evenly divided 48 percent in favor and 49 percent against the plan. Two of Governor Cuomo’s other major proposals; pension reform and a large convention center near the Aqueduct racetrack, continue to be supported by over 60 percent of voters.