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Tue March 25, 2014
Politics and Government

New Siena poll finds state electorate not optimistic

A new poll finds the majority of New Yorkers say they aren't better off now than they were four years ago, but these sentiments do not seem to be hurting Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s chances for reelection.

The Siena poll asked voters whether they felt things were better now under Cuomo than they were before he was governor. It found that in several key areas including business climate, taxes, corruption and public education, less than a quarter think the situation has improved.

Siena’s Steve Greenberg says less than 20 percent of New Yorkers think their own personal finances have gotten better in the last four years, and that can translate to how they feel about government leaders.

“Economics are tough, jobs are tough,” said Greenberg. “People are nervous about how they’re going to make their mortgage or rent payments, how they’re going to pay for health care.”

Meanwhile, Cuomo’s job approval ratings are under water for the first time at 46 percent, but he still has a high personal approval rating and would beat his nearest opponent by 35 points.

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