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New Yorkers not happy with Cuomo's handling of COVID deaths in nursing homes

Andrew Cuomo
Posted at 7:55 AM, Feb 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-16 08:44:26-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A new Siena College poll, out Tuesday, shows most New Yorkers are not happy with the way Governor Cuomo has handled the COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes.

55% rate Cuomo fair or poor when it comes to releasing and making public all data about COVID-related deaths of nursing home patients. Only 39% rate Cuomo excellent or good.

Governor Cuomo gets approval for the way he's handled the overall pandemic. 61% of the New Yorkers surveyed say they approve of his efforts. A little more than a third say they do not approve of Cuomo's handling of the pandemic.

The survey shows 67% of New Yorkers like the way the governor is communicating. 61% of those surveyed believe he is providing accurate information.

According to the survey, there is also strong support for President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID relief plan. 75% of those surveyed support its specific proposals.

“Voters – especially Democrats – continue to give Cuomo strong marks for his overall handling of the pandemic. He gets a positive rating from 83 percent of Democrats and 52 percent of independents. However, 72 percent of Republicans give him a negative grade,” said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg.

“Similarly, he gets overwhelmingly positive grades from Democrats, positive grades from independents and strongly negative grades from Republicans for communicating with New Yorkers and providing accurate information during the pandemic. While Democrats are positive about Cuomo’s handling of the vaccine rollout and his plans to reopen New York, Republicans are overwhelming negative, and independents are negative as well,” Greenberg said.

The poll shows Cuomo's favorability rating went down a point from January to 56%.