Monday, December 13, 2010

Cuomo at 66% approval; most bristle at cuts

The poll also found Gov.-elect Andrew Cuomo has a 66 percent approval rating on the eve of his inauguration, and 43 percent of New Yorkers are prepared now to elect President Barack Obama (compared to 47 percent who want “someone else” and 10 percent who didn’t respond to the question.) The end of the election has salved Cuomo in the eyes of many Republicans, Greenberg explains: “He has a better than two-to-one favorability rating in every region of the state, and even Republicans who viewed Cuomo unfavorably last month by a 39-51 percent margin, have an ever-so-slightly favorable view of him.”

For the holidays,29 percent of voters surveyed in a Siena College Research Institute poll released today would like to see a balanced budget with no new taxes.

But when asked the hard questions about cutting, they indicated a strong preference against cutting Medicaid and education — the two largest areas of the state budget — and instead opted for higher taxes on New Yorkers earning more than $1 million a year.

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