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Cuomo Gets 64% Rating After Six Months of Legislative Victories

June 29 (Bloomberg) -- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo gets a positive job-approval rating from almost two-thirds of voters after a legislative session that included an on-time budget with reduced spending, tighter rules on ethics, a property tax cap and passage of his bill to legalize same-sex marriage.

Voters approved of Cuomo’s first six months in office 64 percent to 19 percent, matching his previous best reached in April, according to the survey by Quinnipiac University. The positive feedback is the highest for a New York governor since July 2002, when George Pataki’s approval rating stood at 66 percent to 18 percent.

The latest poll, conducted June 20 to June 26, spanned a period in which the Democratic governor built a coalition of state senators that included four Republicans and all but one member of his party to win a 33-29 vote passage of a law making same-sex marriage legal.

“Cuomo has the same economic problems as governors in other states polled by Quinnipiac University, but somehow he outscores them all,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute in Hamden, Connecticut. “The governor’s job approval is more than double the level of the Legislature.”

White Catholic voters approve of Cuomo, 53, by almost three-to-one, or 62 percent to 22 percent, and Republicans gave him positive marks, 53 percent to 26 percent. Catholic Archbishop Timothy Dolan opposed Cuomo on the gay-marriage bill.

Cuomo’s appeal among voters ran higher than several other first-term governors, according to the institute. New Jersey’s Chris Christie had a 44 percent to 47 percent rating as of June 21; Florida’s Rick Scott, 29 percent to 57 percent as of May 25; and Ohio’s John Kasich, 38 percent to 49 percent as of May 18.

The survey consisted of 1,317 telephone interviews on cell and landlines with registered voters, and had a margin of error of 2.7 percentage points, the institute said in a news release.

To contact the reporters on this story: Henry Goldman in New York at hgoldman@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Tannenbaum at mtannen@bloomberg.net

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