Cuomo gets high marks for handling of COVID pandemic in Siena Poll

A new Siena College poll shows that Governor Andrew Cuomo is doing a favorable job among voters across the state.

New Yorkers are also giving high remarks to local health departments, Dr. Anthony Fauci, local government leaders, and the CDC.

“In the midst of this global pandemic, New Yorkers approve of Governor Cuomo’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic with near universal support. At least 85 percent of voters from every region approve of his handling of the crisis, as do 95 percent of Democrats, 87 percent of independents and even 70 percent of Republicans,” said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg. “President Trump, on the other hand, gets praise from 82 percent of Republicans, but 52 percent of independents and 79 percent of Democrats disapprove of the job he’s doing.”

“Similarly, by a 79-18 percent margin – including at least 74 percent from every region and party – voters say New York State government is doing everything it can to protect the health of New Yorkers,” Greenberg added. “However, by 53-43 percent margin, they say the federal government is not doing all it can to protect Americans’ health. Although 82 percent of Republicans say the feds are doing all they can, 52 percent of independents and
71 percent of Democrats say they’re not.”

“Not surprising given how fast this pandemic has overtaken nearly everyone’s lives, at least 85 percent of voters from every region and party are very or somewhat concerned about the pandemic, and at least 64 percent from every region and party are at least somewhat concerned that they will be infected with the virus,” Greenberg continued. “While about 40 percent of downstaters personally know someone who has tested positive, only 14 percent of upstaters personally know someone.”

Other key takeaways from the poll include:

– A small majority of New Yorkers believe things will go back to normal sometime in the near-future;

– The federal government isn’t doing enough to meet the financial needs of people impacted by the closure of most non-essential economic functions; and

– That more than half of those polled say they will need the federal government payment to meet basic financial obligations immediately.

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