LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. — After only a few weeks in office, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul's favorability and job performance ratings are in.
According to a poll commissioned by Siena College, Hochul is viewed favorably by 42 percent of voters. However, 41 percent of voters say they don't know the governor or don't know enough about Hochul to have an opinion.
The governor is viewed unfavorably by 17% of voters.
Hochul is the first female governor of New York State. She took on the position after Andrew Cuomo resigned following multiple reports of harassment, which led to an investigation and report from the state attorney general that found he sexually harassed 11 women.
According to the poll, 74 percent of voters say it's exciting having a female governor and 52 percent believe that Hochul has a "more collaborative approach to government leadership than her predecessor." A majority of voters also think that Gov. Hochul will be successful in controlling the spread of COVID-19, leading the state through natural disasters, and making sure there is a safe transition to in-person learning.
Sixty-seven percent of New York voters say Cuomo should have resigned, while 26 percent say he should have stayed in office. Meanwhile, Cuomo's favorability dropped once again. As of the most recent poll, Cuomo's favorability rating has dropped to 34 percent while 55 percent are unfavorable.