It looks like Governor Andrew Cuomo is maintaining his record high approval ratings since taken office. But as our exclusive YNN/Marist poll shows, his popularity is right on track with his father's at this point into his first term. YNN's Grace Rauh has more.
NEW YORK STATE -- He has been on the job for almost a year-and-a-half. And New York State voters are giving Governor Andrew Cuomo consistently high marks.
“He's doing well across all three regions of the state. New York City, the suburbs around New York City and upstate. He's doing well across party lines,” said Lee Miringoff, Marist College pollster.
It turns out that the high marks enjoyed by Andrew Cuomo were also enjoyed by his father at approximately the same stage of his gubernatorial career.
”Overall, their approval ratings were almost identical,” Miringoff said.
In June 1984, 57 percent of voters approved of the job Governor Mario Cuomo was doing. But voters gave father and son different marks when it came to judging their records on fulfilling campaign promises. The younger Cuomo is outperforming his father in that arena.
Miringoff said, “He ran on the nuts and bolts. He's governing on the nuts and bolts. He said he is going to do certain things during the campaign. He's done them.”
Sixty-two percent of voters say Cuomo is fulfilling his campaign promises and 61 percent say he is changing the way things work in Albany.
Cuomo also seems to be benefitting from a coalition of business groups that is supporting his agenda.
The Committee to Save New York spent nearly $12 million in 2011 on its lobbying efforts, far more than any other entity.
Cuomo is often mentioned as a likely candidate for president in 2016, but he is careful to appear publicly disinterested in anything other than his current position. His father delivered the keynote speech at the 1984 Democratic convention. It seems unlikely Governor Andrew Cuomo will seek a similar role later this year.
The strategy seems to be working: 59 percent of voters say Cuomo is not paying too much attention to national politics. They see him focused on the job at home.