Andrew Cuomo got himself elected Governor of New York last fall promising lower taxes and spending cuts, and as governor he’s enacting spending cuts and lowering taxes. And for his trouble, he’s got good poll numbers:
The poll offers the newest evidence of the political coup that Mr. Cuomo, who marked his 100th day in office on Sunday, achieved with the budget that lawmakers approved two weeks ago.
Seventy-three percent of voters in the poll, by the Siena Research Institute, said they viewed the governor favorably, compared with 69 percent last month and 70 percent shortly after he took office in January. Even two-thirds of Republicans said they looked happily upon Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat.
It tells you a lot about the state of American politics that this is where things stand in what’s clearly a left of center state. On the one hand, there genuinely is an electoral appetite for spending cuts and on the other hand self-identified Democratic voters are much, much more tolerant of ideological deviation from incumbent politicians than are self-identified conservatives.