By Tom Precious
ALBANY -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's tilt to the political left is apparently not helping his standing with voters, who give the Democratic governor his lowest favorability rating since he took office more than two years ago, a new poll has found.
The Siena College poll found that 54 percent of New York voters, who are dominated by enrolled Democrats, would re-elect Cuomo if the election was held today. That is down from a high of 62 percent in December.
More New Yorkers, the poll found, believe Cuomo is not the moderate he claims to be but has shifted to the left. Sixty percent called him a moderate two years ago. Today, just 47 percent call him a moderate.
Statewide, 50 percent say New York is heading in the right direction, compared to 42 percent who say it is going the wrong way. But 56 percent of upstate voters say the state is heading in the wrong direction under Cuomo.
The governor is seeing continuing slippage, reflected in recent polls done by other college polling outfits, among independents, Republicans and upstaters. Importantly, those are all key groups Cuomo must woo if he is to have the kind of strong showing in his re-election bid next year that his supporters hope he can then use as ammunition to mount a 2016 presidential campaign.
Fifty-four percent say Cuomo is doing an excellent or good job as governor, which is down from 60 percent in January. While the personal opinion voters have of Cuomo stands at 64 percent, that is off from a high of 72 percent in December.