Quinnipiac poll: Governor's approval rating falls
A Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday found Governor Andrew Cuomo's job approval rating among New York voters has fallen to 46 percent since March. The poll also found most New Yorkers, 55 percent to 38 percent, do not think Cuomo should run for president.
"The Quinnipiac numbers are not what he'd like to them to be, but on the other hand, this is 2017, not 2020," said Quinnipiac spokesman Mickey Carroll.
And the lowered numbers come as Cuomo is grappling with a transit crisis in New York City, delayed and derailed subways and track upgrades at Penn Station by Amtrak that has been dubbed a "summer of hell."
"It's a ticking time bomb," Carroll said. "If they have more derailments, more trouble, he's in bad shape."
For his part, Cuomo says he's focused on fixing the transit problem in New York City, his political base, where the poll found Cuomo still enjoys an approval rating of 52 percent, which fell from 60 percent in March. On Tuesday, Cuomo called for a long-term fix at Penn Station.
"This is not sustainable for us. This is very, very expensive," the governor said. "And this is an extraordinary effort. I did this the way we would do an emergency or a hurricane or a flood."
And Cuomo wants those changes to include a state takeover of the transit hub as he expects the delays due to the track upgrades will continue past the summer months.
"My bet is this is a continuing saga because I don't think Amtrak is in the best position, with all due respect to the federal government, is in the best position to run Penn Station," Cuomo said.
As for running for president, Cuomo insists he's focused on running for a third term next year, not presidential campaigning.
"You know, that's what they do in politics. They speculate," Cuomo said. "I'm running for re-election for governor of the state of New York. That's what I'm focused on and that's what I wake up thinking about."
And Cuomo's numbers aren't the only ones declining. The poll found the job approval ratings for Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, have all fallen as well.