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Siena poll: Cuomo good, Congress bad, and mixed feelings on Obamacare
July 17, 2012 - Chris Morris
The Siena Research Institute is out with a new poll this morning that shows Gov. Andrew Cuomo's approval rating is still strong, Congress's approval rating is still abysmal, and that -- surprise! -- the Affordable Care Act is seen differently depending on what political party you belong to.
In other words, this poll probably isn't telling you anything you didn't already know. I'll post some of the highlights below. You can check out the press release and cross tabs for yourself here.
Cuomo's favorability rating is still high at 69 percent, and his job performance rating is 58 percent. Siena pollster Steven Greenberg said in a press release that after two budgets, two sessions and a year-and-a-half in office, Cuomo remains popular.
"While some pundits have opined that Cuomo’s sophomore year wasn't as strong as his freshman year, voters don't agree with that assessment," Greenberg said. "His favorability and job performance ratings are virtually the same today as they were exactly one year ago."
The state Legislature, meanwhile, isn't as popular as Cuomo, but it out performs Congress, according to the poll results.
On health care, the poll found that a majority of New Yorkers want the law implemented, not repealed. It also shows a big partisan rift on the law, and that few voters expect it will actually increase access to health care or lessen costs.
Also, Wendy Long and Mitt Romney trail their incumbent opponents -- Kirsten Gillibrand and Barack Obama -- but that's not all that surprising, either, since New York traditionally favors Democrats in national elections.
Take a look at the results and feel free to leave comments.
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