Via NYT City Room:
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has made it through his first budget season without losing popularity with voters, an almost unimaginable feat by Albany standards, according to the results of a new poll released on Monday (pdf). The poll offers the newest evidence of the political coup that Mr. Cuomo, who marked his 100th day in office on Sunday, achieved with the budget that lawmakers approved two weeks ago.
Seventy-three percent of voters in the poll, by the Siena Research Institute, said they viewed the governor favorably, compared with 69 percent last month and 70 percent shortly after he took office in January. Even two-thirds of Republicans said they looked happily upon Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat. The poll, which was conducted by telephone from April 4 to 6 with 777 registered voters, has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points.
From the Siena poll responses:
Cuomo is viewed favorably by 73 percent of voters and unfavorably by 18 percent, up from 69-20 percent last month. Fifty-four percent of voters say he is doing an excellent/good job as Governor (up from 51 percent last month) and 41 percent say he’s doing a fair/poor job (unchanged). “Nearly three-quarters of voters view Cuomo favorably, including two-thirds of Republicans and independents, and his favorability rating is nearly identical in New York City, the downstate suburbs and in upstate,” Greenberg said. “His job performance rating is the same among Democrats and Republicans, 56-40 percent, while independents are nearly evenly divided at 49-47 percent. And by a nearly seven-to-one margin, voters say Cuomo was a winner as a result of the budget, including at least 59 percent of voters from every party and region.”
“Nearly two-thirds of voters say that in his first three months as Governor, Cuomo has treated public employee unions fairly. At least 60 percent of voters from every region and party say so, as do 57 percent of voters who are either union members or have a union member in their household,” Greenberg said. “When it comes to the political fight between Wisconsin’s unions and its governor, by a nearly two-to-one margin, New York voters say that the unions are more right than Governor Walker. Republicans strongly say Walker is more right, however, Democrats, overwhelmingly side with the unions,” Greenberg said.
Behold: Austerity Democrat who has managed somehow not to piss off every taxpayer and public employee under their purview. My question here, point blank, is whether Andrew Cuomo is the anti-Walker, or even — mein Gott in Himmel — the anti-Christie.