New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo dismissed his tumbling ballot numbers on Monday, noting that he maintained a excessive approval score for his dealing with of the pandemic.
His feedback got here after a Siena School ballot confirmed declines in his favorability, job efficiency and reelection rankings.
When requested concerning the numbers, he stated: “I do not know, I do not know what which means, I do not understand how individuals can say you are doing job however the favorable goes down. So, you recognize, they do these polls on a regular basis. To inform you the reality, I do not put an excessive amount of inventory into them. We’re working very exhausting on the pandemic.”
He added: “New York’s success in coping with COVID is inarguable … I’ll deal with my job. That is what I’ve at all times accomplished, and you recognize public opinion goes up, it goes down, however should you’re doing job and other people respect the job you are doing, to me there’s no extra vital barometer than that.”
CUOMO FAVORABILITY RATING KEEPS DROPPING AMID SCANDALS, MORE VOTERS BELEIVE HE COMMITTED SEXUAL HARASSMENT
The numbers got here amid a cloud of accusations involving alleged sexual harassment and scrutiny over his administration’s reporting on nursing house deaths in the course of the pandemic.
Cuomo additionally declined when requested to say how a lot cash he created from his e-book about his management in the course of the pandemic. As an alternative, he stated the numbers can be launched as a part of his earnings tax returns.
“I most likely am distinctive within the nation — I will offer you one thing to play with. What public official in the USA has launched extra taxes — private earnings taxes — for an extended time period than I’ve,” he stated.
“I guess you I’ve launched my private earnings taxes for the previous 20 years, and I’ll do this once more this yr. And you will notice every thing you wish to see within the private earnings taxes.”
Solely 40% of New Yorkers have a positive opinion of Cuomo within the Siena School survey launched Monday, with 52% saying they see their governor in an unfavorable gentle. That is down from 43%-45% in March and 56%-39% in February.
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Cuomo’s job efficiency within the ballot, which was performed April 11-15, stands at 42% approval and 56% disapproval. That is down from 46%-52% in March and 51%-47% in February. However a majority of New Yorkers – 51% to 37% – say Cuomo should not resign, which is principally unchanged from a month in the past. And by a 52%-to-38% margin, they are saying he can successfully do his job as governor, down from 48% to 34% in March.
In keeping with the ballot, 60% of New Yorkers approve of the job Cuomo’s doing dealing with the pandemic. However by a 44%-to-22% margin, they suppose the governor has dedicated sexual harassment, with simply over a 3rd undecided. Final month voters by a 35%-to-24% margin thought Cuomo had dedicated sexual harassment, with simply over 4 in 10 undecided.
Fox Information’ Paul Steinhauser and Tamara Gitt contributed to this report.