Poll: Cuomo's popularity holds

ALBANY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo's favorability rating has held steady despite felony charges filed against a former top aide and several of the governor's allies, according to a poll released Wednesday.

The Siena College poll showed 56 percent of likely voters in New York have a favorable view of the Democratic governor, essentially unchanged last month, the poll showed.

Forty-one percent said they had an unfavorable view of Cuomo, whose favorability rating has stayed between 52 and 57 percent throughout 2016, his sixth year in office.

"Governor Cuomo's numbers have been in a relatively narrow band essentially for the last two years," Siena pollster Steve Greenberg said. "Voters for the moment are locked in on Cuomo."

Siena's telephone poll was conducted from Oct. 13 to 17, less than a month after former Cuomo aide Joseph Percoco -- long one of the governor's most-trusted confidantes -- was among 10 people charged in widespread state and federal corruption complaints.

The felony charges centered on some of Cuomo's biggest economic-development projects, with now-former SUNY Polytechnic Institute President Alain Kaloyeros and lobbyist Todd Howe accused of steering lucrative state contracts to Cuomo campaign donors and Howe's clients.

Cuomo's poll numbers, however, barely moved.

A mid-September poll by Siena pegged Cuomo's favorability rating at 57 percent favorable, 39 percent unfavorable. The slight change from September to October was within the poll's margin of error of 4.6 percentage points.

"While there was certainly a lot of coverage of (the corruption charges), I think right now voters are focused on the presidential election as we head in to the third debate," Greenberg said.

Cuomo fares better downstate than he does upstate, Siena's poll showed.

In New York City, 67 percent of those polled viewed Cuomo favorability, as well as 57 percent in the city's suburbs.

Upstate -- defined by Siena as north of Westchester County -- had a decidedly less positive view, with 45 percent viewing Cuomo favorably and 52 percent unfavorably.


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