With a potential third term on the line, Governor Andrew Cuomo heads into 2018 with solid approval ratings.
According to our exclusive NY1-Baruch College Poll, 50 percent of respondents statewide approve of the job Cuomo is doing and 25 percent disapprove with 24 percent unsure. In New York City, the governor's approval rating is 53 percent.
"His numbers in the city are actually down from the last time," said Mickey Blum of Baruch College. "We had him at 58 percent in October. He's 53 percent in the city now, but it's still a majority."
As to whether or not Cuomo deseves to be re-elected, he holds a 21-point margin in his favor: 49 percent say yes, 28 percent say no. 21 percent are unsure.
But when it comes to Cuomo possibly running for president in 2020, most New Yorkers say no. Just 36 percent of respondents say he should run, compared to 45 percent who believe Cuomo should not. Among New York City residents, those numbers flip around, with 43 percent saying he should run versus 35 percent who say he shouldn't.
Anger over subway delays hit a fever pitch this past summer as Mayor Bill de Blasio and Cuomo publicly squabbled over who was responsible. Good news for Cuomo on this front: only 27 percent think he is deserves all or a lot of the blame for the problems at the MTA, while 47 percent say just a little or none. Similar numbers on this one among New York City residents: 29 percent say Cuomo is mostly to blame, while 61 percent say he deserves little or no blame.
"They either give him little or no blame for the problems of the MTA. So he doesn't seem to be getting hurt by all the subway issues," Blum said.
Finally, we asked what state residents see as their number one issue or concern. 20 percent say taxes, 15 percent say jobs and the economy, 6 percent say affordable housing and another 6 percent say crime.
Cuomo has historically shown better poll numbers in the city than he does statewide. So while he will face voters all throughout New York State next November, he will need a very strong showing among his base of Democrats in the city.
The numbers below have an error margin of +/- 3.5 percent.