March 29, 2010
3/29: Approval Rating Roundup: Gillibrand, Schumer, and Obama
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is having a hard time impressing her constituents. 27% of registered voters in New York State report the senator is doing either an excellent or good job in office. 34% think she is doing a fair job, and 17% think she is performing poorly. 22% have either never heard of her or are unsure how to rate her. Little has changed on this question from when Marist last asked about Gillibrand’s approval rating earlier this month.
Gillibrand does not even receive high marks from a majority of her own party. 34% of the state’s Democrats believe she is doing either an excellent or good job in office. This compares with 19% of Republicans and 24% of non-enrolled voters. And, there is consensus across the state. 28% of voters in New York City give Gillibrand a thumbs-up while 27% upstate and 26% in the suburbs do the same.
Schumer With Slim Majority
Senator Chuck Schumer’s approval rating is largely unchanged. 51% of voters now say he is doing either an excellent or good job in office, 28% report he is doing a fair job, and 17% believe he is performing poorly. 4% are unsure.
When Marist last asked this question earlier this month, Schumer was praised by 53% of the statewide electorate, 28% said he was doing a fair job, and 15% gave him poor grades. 4%, at the time, were unsure.
Nearly two months ago, Schumer’s approval rating fell to 47%.
No Bump for Obama Post Health Care Passage
President Obama’s signing of the House’s health care bill has had little impact on his approval rating in New York State. 53% of voters believe the president is doing either an excellent or good job office. 21% think he is doing a so-so job, and 26% report he is performing at a subpar level.
Marist last asked the New York electorate about President Obama in early March. At that time, 52% gave the president a thumbs-up, 24% thought he was doing a fair job, and 23% said he was performing poorly.