New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has seen a decline in his approval rating and faced bipartisan criticism for his handling of COVID-19 death data in recent weeks.
The Democrat has been governor since 2011 and has won three consecutive terms, defeating his Republican opponents each time. But with a federal probe into New York’s underreporting of nursing home deaths, some are wondering about Cuomo’s political future.
New York voters will be able to make their voices heard in 2022. The next gubernatorial election is scheduled for November 8 next year, when Cuomo is eligible for a fourth term.
Cuomo told WAMC radio on May 28, 2019 that he would run for a fourth. By the time his current term expires in 2023, he’ll have been in office for 12 years.
“I believe I am making a difference in the State of New York. I believe that in my heart. When I look at my daughters’ faces, I believe that I’m leaving this state better for them,” Cuomo said in 2019.
“I believe this state is doing great things at a time when a nation is floundering. I believe that. I believe we have the opportunity to set a standard for progressivity and normalcy. I know this job. I work seven days a week at it, and I think we have accomplishments.”
If Cuomo wins a fourth straight election, he would become only the second governor in the state’s history to win four terms of four years. His father, former Governor Mario Cuomo, served three terms between 1983 and 1994, but lost his bid for a fourth term.
His approval rating has taken a hit from the nursing home scandal.
A Siena College poll conducted from February 7 to 11 suggested that 51 percent of New Yorkers approve of Cuomo, while 47 percent said they disapproved. The poll was conducted before one of Cuomo’s aides said they had withheld data on nursing home deaths because of concern about a federal investigation.
The results reflected a decline from January when Siena College polling reported 56 percent approval and 42 percent disapproval.
Since the more recent poll, Cuomo has also faced new criticism from both Republicans and Democrats.
“Voters – especially Democrats – continue to give Cuomo strong marks for his overall handling of the pandemic. He gets a positive rating from 83 percent of Democrats and 52 percent of independents. However, 72 percent of Republicans give him a negative grade,” said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg.
In 2018, Cuomo saw off a primary challenge from actor Cynthia Nixon and went on to win the gubernatorial election with 59.6 percent of the vote. His Republican opponent Marc Molinaro won 36.2 percent.
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