Poll of NYC Democrats finds strong support for Cuomo – at least for now

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Though Governor Andrew Cuomo now finds himself amid a sea of scandal, he continues to have significant backing among registered New York City Democrats, according to a poll conducted earlier this month.

The Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group polled 601 registered Democrats between Feb. 17-21 through cellphones and landlines. The majority of poll participants were women (58%, versus 42% men).

When asked about Cuomo’s overall job performance, a whopping 75% of respondents said said they approved of the governor’s duties, while 21% said they disapproved.

Moreover, 72% of those polled said they approved of the way Cuomo has handled the COVID-19 pandemic, versus 25% who said they disapproved of the governor’s efforts.

In many respects, the results were quite positive for Cuomo, who’s up for a potential fourth term in 2022.

The poll was completed days after Cuomo expressed regrets over how his administration handled the reporting of data regarding COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes across the state. He said he would “take responsibility for creating the void that allowed for” the spread of disinformation and politically-driven conspiracy theories about his administration’s handling of COVID-19 in nursing homes serving the senior population most vulnerable to the virus.

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