Schumer and Cuomo fall, Trump rises in NY voter polls

Sen. Chuck Schumer and Gov. Andrew Cuomo both took a slide and their sparring partner in the White House rose from the depths in polls of New York voters released by Siena College this week.

Among New Yorkers polled by Siena, 52 percent had a favorable opinion of Schumer and 39 percent had a unfavorable view, the lowest he has scored since Siena first polled voters about him 2005. That was down from a 67-23 favorability rating Siena recorded for Schumer 14 months ago, before the new Senate minority leader had begun his battles with President Trump and congressional Republicans. Even Republican voters gave the Democratic senator a 55-34 percent rating 14 months ago; now three quarters of those Siena polled had sour views of him.

The Democratic governor’s rating dropped to 53-40 percent in an earlier Siena poll announced Monday, down from 62-30 percent a month earlier – the highest level of his second term. Cuomo’s running for a third term this fall.

President Trump, meanwhile, had a 33-62 percent favorability rating in Thursday’s poll results. The consolation for the Republican president was that New Yorkers upgraded their regard for his job performance to 29-70 percent, from 23-77 percent in January.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, another Democrat seeking re-election in 2018, had a 48-27 percent rating in that same poll, with a quarter of voters knowing too little about her to have an opinion. Fortunately for her, 89 of voters had no opinion – and presumably no knowledge – of her Republican opponent,┬áChele Chiavacci Farley.

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