After an unusually productive first year in office that made him one of the nation’s most popular governors, his challenge in 2012 is maintaining momentum.
Referring to his sky-high popularity — 68 percent of New York votersapproved of his job performance in a recent Quinnipiac University poll — Mr. Cuomo said in an interview Wednesday, shortly after delivering his State of the State address, “Seventy percent I don’t believe is a sustainable level of popularity in this state.”
“Given the diversity of the state, the partisanship, the party enrollment, it’s just an absurdly high level,” he said. “That’s why I’ve always taken it with a grain of salt. Forget the number, I think people feel good that the government is working, and that’s what that number reflects basically, and I hope to keep them in a place where they’re feeling good.”
Mindful of the political risks if his momentum slows, Mr. Cuomo exhorted lawmakers in his nearly hourlong speech to ignore cynics who say “what happened last year was a fluke, you can’t do that again, that was for whatever reason, the stars, the planets, it was a one-time situation.”