Gov. Andrew Cuomo holds a 71 percent approval rating today, the highest score for a New York state governor since Gov. George Pataki hit 81 percent in the wake of 9/11, says a Quinnipiac University poll.
Party-wise, Cuomo's job approval is 68 percent among Republicans, 76 percent among Democrats and 69 percent among independent voters. And geographically, Cuomo also fares well, with a 68 percent approval rating upstate, 72 percent rating in New York City and a 76 percent rating in the suburbs, says the study.
"For the first time, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's job approval tops 70 percent," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, in a statement. "We haven't seen scores this high since Gov. George Pataki – and everyone else – got a vote of confidence right after 9/11.
While Carroll says that Cuomo “might not be the most popular governor in the nation,” he did score well amongst the seven states surveyed by Quinnipiac University.
“For example, he's well-ahead of New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie's all-time best 59 percent,” said Carroll.