- Posted: 9:42 AM, November 15, 2010
The first statewide survey since the election found voters have an overwhelmingly favorable view of Cuomo, 64 to 26 percent, the attorney general’s highest approval rating since May.
Cuomo actively touted Republicans support during the campaign and has tapped several prominent Republicans to serve on his transition team.
Nearly three quarters believe Cuomo will succeed in tackling stubbornly high unemployment – the No. 1 concern for voters – while just below 50 percent say he’ll finally fix the state’s budget woes.
Meanwhile, voters agree 58 to 27 percent that Cuomo’s former opponent, Tea Party-backed Republican Carl Paladino, should not remain active in New York politics. Cuomo trounced Paladino on Election Day, 62 to 34 percent.
While Cuomo is enjoying high popularity now, the poll suggests the incoming executive could run into political trouble if he makes good on his plans to cut taxes and spending.
Some 52 percent of voters oppose cuts to either health care or education – which together make up the lion’s share of state spending - even if it means raising taxes to pay for them. The state faces a $9 billion budget deficit next year.
Voters also opposed any speculation that Cuomo should run for president until he proves himself as governor, 85 to 11 percent.
A majority – 53 percent – believe Democrats and Republicans should share power in the closely divided state Senate no matter which party is finally declared the victor after recounts in three disputed races.