A new poll says New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was the big winner in shepherding the passage of an on-time state budget.
The big losers, according to the Siena Research Institute poll, were the residents of New York, local schools and hospitals, according to the institute, which is affiliated with Siena College in Loudonville.
The governor also saw a rise in his favorability ratings (73-18) and how people view his job performance (61--9). Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a downstate Democrat, and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, a downstate Republican, also continue to be viewed negatively. Only 18 percent saw Silver or Skelos as budget winners. Still, the state Legislature as a whole saw a bump in its favorability rating; 44 percent said they felt better about the Legislature after this budget process.
"Andrew Cuomo starts his second hundred days as governor continuing to enjoy 'rock star status' among New Yorkers. His favorability rating is back over 70 percent, his job performance rating is up and, by a 61-9 percent margin, voters say he was a winner, not loser, in the just-completed budget battle," said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg. "There are many issues voters want to see addressed between now and June so the governor has his work cut out for him if he wants to keep the honeymoon going into the summer."
This Siena College Poll involved 777 registered voters and was conducted April 4-6. It has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.