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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has a 64 – 16 percent job approval rating among registeredvoters, higher than the governors in any state polled by Quinnipiac University so far this year.The next highest governor is New Jersey’s Christopher Christie, with a 52 – 40 percentapproval rating in a February 9 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack)University. Governors in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida and Ohio all had approval ratingsbelow 50 percent, but these governors all are involved in unresolved state budget battles.Today’s results are up from a 56 – 15 percent Cuomo approval February 23.In today’s survey, even Republicans approve of Gov. Cuomo 58 – 18 percent.New York State voters approve 47 – 31 percent of the new state budget and 31 percentsay Cuomo is most responsible for the budget agreement. Another 8 percent say the legislatureis most responsible while 57 percent say Cuomo and the legislature are equally responsible.Cuomo won his first state budget battle on the merits, 47 percent of voters say, while 25percent say he used intimidation and 8 percent say he used charm.As a rising tide lifts all boats, voters split 41 – 40 percent in their job approval for their local State Assembly member, up from a 42 – 35 percent disapproval February 23. Votersapprove 49 – 36 percent of their local state senator, compared to 49 – 32 percent February 23.“It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Super-Andrew! Gov. Andrew Cuomo comes out of thebudget vote – usually a punishing time for politicians – with impressive job-approval numbers,”said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.“New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie may be getting the national attention, but the guynext door is doing better with home state voters. We’ll see how Christie does as he wages thebudget battle of Trenton.”
Maurice Carroll, Director,Quinnipiac University PollingInstitute(203) 582-5334Rubenstein Associates, Inc.Public Relations 
Quinnipiac University Poll/April 13, 2011 – page 2
“While Cuomo and Christie both have a reputation as hard-chargers, New Yorkers think their guy won his budget battle mostly on the merits,” Carroll added. “Some voters citeintimidation, possibly because of Cuomo’s threat to force reform through a series of short-termbudget extensions, and a few even credit charm. Whatever; it worked.”While New York State voters approve of their local legislators, they disapprove 58 – 29percent of the job the State Legislature is doing. But this is the legislature’s best grade since a50 – 32 percent disapproval in a February 17, 2009, Quinnipiac University poll, and is up from a65 – 20 disapproval February 23.“The remarkably good-natured budget process even earned improved marks for the StateLegislature – from really terrible to just plain awful,” Carroll said.The new state budget cuts spending too much, 33 percent of voters say, while 26 percentsay it cuts spending too little and 30 percent say spending cuts are “about right.”A total of 65 percent of New York State voters are “somewhat dissatisfied” or “verydissatisfied” with the way things are going in the state today, while 34 percent are “verysatisfied” or “somewhat satisfied.”
President, Senators Approval
New York State voters approve 54 – 42 percent of the job President Barack Obama isdoing, almost identical to his approval ratings in January and February polls.Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand gets a 49 – 26 percent approval rating, compared to 54 – 20percent last month, her highest score ever in a Quinnipiac University poll.U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer gets a 55 – 32 percent job approval rating, down from 60 – 26percent last month.“Last week’s federal budget showdown probably didn’t help anyone in Washington,”Carroll said.From April 5 – 11, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,704 registered voters with a marginof error of +/- 2.4 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts publicopinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio and thenation as a public service and for research.
For more data or RSS feed– http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, orfollow us onTwitter.

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