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Cuomo rating hits all-time low, though voters side with him over de Blasio

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo speaks at ceremony at

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo speaks at ceremony at New York University in Manhattan on Tuesday, July 7, 2015. Credit: Bryan R. Smith

ALBANY - A new poll says Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's favorability ratings have hit an all-time low, although voters side with him in his fight with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The Siena Research Institute survey found that Cuomo's favorability dipped below 50 percent for the first time since he took office in 2011. Forty-nine percent of New Yorkers surveyed said they viewed the Democrat favorably, down from 53 percent from May.

"For the first time as governor -- and the first time since June 2007 -- Cuomo's favorability rating dips below 50 percent," Siena spokesman Steve Greenberg said, referring to Cuomo's tenure as attorney general prior to running for governor.

"Similarly, it's the first time 60 percent say he's doing a fair or poor job as governor, compared to less than 40 percent of voters rating his job as excellent or good."

While Cuomo received postive ratings for his handling of the recent upstate prison break, he received negative ratings for improving the state's economy, improving the quality of public education and reducing corruption in state government.

At the same time, the poll found that more voters side with Cuomo than de Blasio.

The two Democrats have battled over state funding for schools and other issues since de Blasio took office in 2014. But it got more heated last month when de Blasio said the governor had disappointed him "at every turn" and pursued vendettas against opponents. Cuomo, who has blocked a number of de Blasio proposals, has said the mayor doesn't know how to compromise.

In the survey, 39 percent statewide said they backed Cuomo and 28 percent de Blasio. However, New York City voters favored de Blasio, 37 percent to 33 percent, as did enrolled Democrats statewide, 38-36.

Statewide, 53 percent said Cuomo was more effective in getting things done, compared to 27 percent for de Blasio. In New York City, 50 percent said Cuomo was more effective and 36 percent said de Blasio.

The July 6-9 telephone survey of 802 registered voters statewide has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.

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