A new poll out today by Quinnipiac University finds that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has the highest approval rating of any New York governor since as long as Quinnipiac has been conducting the poll, and gives him the highest marks of any governor in the nation among states surveyed by the institute.
Much of the goodwill toward Mr. Cuomo comes from his handling of Hurricanes Irene and Lee. New Yorkers give him an 86 percent approval for his leadership during the storm, bumping out his overall approval rating to 66 percent.
“New York’s love affair with Gov. Andrew Cuomo persists, perhaps helped along by Irene and Lee,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “Yes, we like him. Yes, we like his policies. Yes, we think he did a good job on the tropical storms. Yes, he’s dominating the legislature. Maybe we should ask about his Queens accent.”
Seventy-seven percent of voters say that Mr. Cuomo is able to get his policies past the legislature. By comparison, 67 percent say that President Barack Obama is not able to get his policies implemented. And by a 44-40 margin, voters say that Mr. Cuomo is a better leader than Mr. Obama.
One word of caution for Mr. Cuomo however–votes do want him to speak out more forcefully on the idea of a independent redistricting. An even 50 percent of voters want an independent commission to draw the lines and 70 percent say that the governor should speak up about it.