There is little doubt that Andrew Cuomo will be re-elected, given that he has raised $33 million from New York’s financial titans.
But the latest Wall Street Journal poll shows that Cuomo’s numbers dropped sharply to their lowest point.
Apparently, his claim to be the “lobbyist for students” hasn’t worked so well, especially with black and Latino voters.
His fervent embrace of charter schools in recent days is hardly surprising, given that charter advocates have given him nearly $1million, but less than 5% of the state’s children attend charter schools. Cuomo’s tax caps on public schools across he state have caused fiscal distress in districts that enroll the other 96% of the state’s children.
The story says:
“New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s job performance rating has dropped to its lowest level since he took office in January 2011, tumbling by 10 percentage points since November, according to an NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist College poll.
“Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat facing re-election this year, saw his job approval among voters statewide fall to 42%, according to the poll, from 52% in the fall, with the governor suffering steep declines among Latino and African-American voters.
“Among Latino registered voters, Mr. Cuomo’s rating fell by 21 points—to 41% from 62% in November. And among African-American voters, the governor registered a 42% job approval rating, down from 57%.
“Mr. Cuomo’s favorability remains quite high, at 63%, the poll found. But his overall job-performance rating of 42% was six points lower than his previous lowest-ever rating of 48%, the month he took office.
“On the bright side for the governor, the poll showed Mr. Cuomo far ahead of potential Republican rivals, including Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, who threw his hat in the ring for the GOP nomination Wednesday.”