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Poll finds Cuomo slips below 50% approval for the first time

Ellen Abbott

Gov. Andrew Cuomo reached a key milestone that he might not be happy about. Cuomo, for the first time as governor, has an approval rating below 50 percent in a new poll.

Siena College, which conducted the poll, found Cuomo's popularity to be at 49 percent. Siena pollster Steve Greenberg says 50 percent is considered a “magic number” in the political world, that politicians strive to stay above.

“You now have fewer than half  of the voters of the state saying they view you favorably,” Greenberg said.

Cuomo lost the most support among New York City voters, who also side against the governor in his public feud with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. But statewide, more voters side with Cuomo in the fight.

Karen DeWitt is Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 public radio stations in New York State. She has covered state government and politics for the network since 1990.