New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo speaks to labor leaders...

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo speaks to labor leaders and union workers at a rally in Union Square on May 7, 2015, in New York City. Credit: Getty Images / Spencer Platt

ALBANY -- A tough year appears to be getting tougher for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo as his poll numbers continue to fall.

The third statewide poll in two months -- this one from Quinnipiac University -- shows the Democrat continues to hit his lowest ratings of favorability and job performance.

The Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday found 44 percent of voters approved of his work, while 42 percent didn't. That's a decline since March's Quinnipiac poll, when Cuomo had the approval of 50 percent of voters polled.

Each of the recent polls found that the erosion of Cuomo's support is due in part to the number of corruption cases in Albany. As a candidate in 2010, Cuomo had promised: "Job One is going to be to clean up Albany."

"He's part of the overall irritation of people fed up with Albany," said Maurice "Mickey" Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac poll and a longtime political reporter. "He's the visible head -- nobody thinks he's done anything immoral . . . but there's a deep-seated feeling of disappointment in Albany."

"This isn't a bad governor poll, it's a bad Albany poll," Carroll said.

The poll found most voters believe current state officials are incapable of ending corruption in Albany. Fifty-three percent also disapproved of the way Cuomo is handling the ethics problem.

"It is both fair and unfair for respondents to blame the governor," said Doug Muzzio, a political science professor at Baruch College. "Clearly the governor has made promises to be 'the sheriff of State Street.' But it can't all be corruption."

A second-term slump is common and a governor's popularity usually suffers in the spring when unions and other interest groups take out ads and protest his budget decisions.

"Undoubtedly by the second term you have made a lot of enemies and this particular governor, being as aggressive and hardball as he is, he may have made more enemies," Muzzio said.

At a news event on Long Island, Cuomo wouldn't comment on Wednesday's poll. "I haven't seen it yet," he said.

Last month, the Siena College Research Institute found Cuomo's favorability rating was 53-44 percent, down from 56-39 percent in April. Cuomo also had a negative 41-59 percent job performance rating.

The Wall Street Journal/NBC 4 New York/Marist College poll that same month found Cuomo's job performance rating was 37 percent.

The Quinnipiac poll questioned 1,229 voters May 28 through Monday and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.

With Paul LaRocco

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