Cuomo dismisses tumbling ballot numbers, refuses to disclose how a lot he made on his e book

Gov. Andrew Cuomo takes off his face mask before a news conference in New York on Monday, April 19, 2021. (Shannon Stapleton/Pool via AP)

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo dismissed his tumbling ballot numbers on Monday, noting that he maintained a excessive approval ranking for his dealing with of the pandemic.

His feedback got here after a Siena Faculty 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 meaning, I do not know the way individuals can say you are doing a great job however the favorable goes down. So, you realize, 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 onerous on the pandemic.”

He added: “New York’s success in coping with COVID is inarguable … I’ll give attention to my job. That is what I’ve at all times achieved, and you realize public opinion goes up, it goes down, however for those who’re doing job and folks respect the job you are doing, to me there’s no extra essential barometer than that.”


The numbers got here amid a cloud of accusations involving alleged sexual harassment and scrutiny over his administration’s reporting on nursing residence deaths through the pandemic.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo takes off his face mask before a news conference in New York on Monday, April 19, 2021. (Shannon Stapleton/Pool via AP)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo takes off his face masks earlier than a information convention in New York on Monday, April 19, 2021. (Shannon Stapleton/Pool through AP)
(Shannon Stapleton/Pool through AP)

Cuomo additionally declined when requested to say how a lot cash he produced from his e book about his management through the pandemic. As a substitute, he stated the numbers could be launched as a part of his earnings tax returns.

“I most likely am distinctive within the nation — I am going to offer you one thing to play with. What public official in america has launched extra taxes — private earnings taxes — for an extended time period than I’ve,” he stated.

“I wager you I’ve launched my private earnings taxes for the previous 20 years, and I’ll try this once more this 12 months. And you will notice all the pieces you need to see within the private earnings taxes.”

Solely 40% of New Yorkers have a good opinion of Cuomo within the Siena Faculty survey launched Monday, with 52% saying they see their governor in an unfavorable mild. That is down from 43%-45% in March and 56%-39% in February.


Cuomo’s job efficiency within the ballot, which was carried out 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 accordance 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 assume 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.

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