By Tom Precious
ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s favorability rating among New Yorkers has dropped to his lowest level since taking office, though it is still relatively high compared to some previous governors during their second year in office, a new poll has found.
The governor was given a favorable rating this month by 67 percent of likely voters in the new Siena College poll, down from 71 percent in August and off from his high of 77 percent the month after he took office in 2011. His unfavorable rating remained the same at 24 percent, with 9 percent either not knowing or not offering an opinion.
Voters who say Cuomo is doing a good or excellent job as governor checked in at 58 percent in October, down from 60 percent in August and a high of 64 percent since he took office.
Few governors have been able to maintain early sky-high poll ratings during their first term; given the finances being faced by localities across the state and the unknown future of his relations with the state Legislature, Cuomo faces an uncertain legislative session in the coming year that, one way or the other, will shape his poll standings.