ALBANY — He really is the Luv Guv after all.
The Empire State has recorded nearly 60,000 coronavirus cases and almost 1,000 deaths, but a new poll shows an overwhelming majority of New Yorkers think Gov. Andrew Cuomo is doing a great job handling the pandemic.
A Siena College poll released Monday shows 87 percent of eligible voters approve of the job Cuomo is doing handling the outbreak, compared to just 11 percent that disapprove.
And 82 percent of New York City denizens agree, compared to just 13 percent who disapprove.
He scored lower among suburbanites.
Mayor Bill de Blasio scored lower marks than the governor however, as 61 percent of voters approved of his COVID-19 response compared to 31 percent who did not.
Some 70 percent of Democrats gave him the thumbs up, while just 38 percent of Republicans polled felt the same.
The duo scored higher marks than President Trump, whom New Yorkers recorded a disapproval rating of 56 to 41 percent.
“In the midst of this global pandemic, New Yorkers approve of Governor Cuomo’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic with near universal support. At least 85 percent of voters from every region approve of his handling of the crisis, as do 95 percent of Democrats, 87 percent of independents and even 70 percent of Republicans,” said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg.
“President Trump, on the other hand, gets praise from 82 percent of Republicans, but 52 percent of independents and 79 percent of Democrats disapprove of the job he’s doing.”
New York marked it’s first coronavirus case on March 1 and since then, massive changes to daily life have been implemented to stop its spread, including: the closing of schools statewide, a litany of mandatory orders issued shuttering businesses and ordering “non-essential” workers to stay home.
Despite the disruptions, Cuomo’s favorability rating jumped to 71 to 23 percent — marking a dramatic increase from a February poll that awarded him a tepid 44 to 50 percent approval mark.
It’s his highest rating since January 2013.
His job approval rating also soared to a new record of 63 to 35 percent, an increase from February’s 36 to 63 percent.
Siena surveyed 566 registered voters from March 22-26, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.