New York Voters Are Worse than Better in the Trump Economy. Voters Support Gillibrand and Cuomo re-elections

A new Emerson College poll finds more New York voters see themselves as financially worse rather than financially better in the Trump Economy by 36% to 29%, 33% reported being they are the same financially than they were a year ago. Thirty-nine percent (39%) who voted for Trump in 2016 said they were better off financially while 27% were worse off; 22% of Clinton voters said they were better off in contrast to 41% who were worse.

Those polled also favor President Trump and Democratic Leaders Sen. Chuck Schumer and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi working together to cut a deal on health care, tax and other major policy issues. Forty-one percent (41%) support these elected officials working together, while 30% are opposed and 29% were undecided. Democrats are more open to leaders cutting a deal, 43% to 24% while Republicans, who control the Presidency and both Houses of Congress, are split 40% to 39% in favor of cutting a deal.

Overall, New York voters have a 34% favorable opinion of President Trump (-25) with 59% holding an unfavorable opinion. Democrats in NY fare much better with Governor Cuomo (+14) holding a 44% to 30% favorable opinion, Senator Gillibrand (+16) with 38%/23% and Senator Schumer (+7) 40%/33%.

Regarding 2018, both Gillibrand and Cuomo deserve re-election according to the voters. They support Gillibrand for re-election 41% to 25% and Cuomo 44% to 30%. While both candidates are in strong positions, neither is at the 50% threshold incumbents hope for in their re-elect efforts indicating a small opportunity for opposition.

A potential issue for 2018 is sanctuary cities and in NY 44% of voters support sanctuary cities with 38% opposed.


The New York Emerson College poll was conducted November 16-18, 2017 under the Supervision of Professor Spencer Kimball. The sample consisted of only registered voters, n=600, with a margin of error (MOE) of +/- 3.9 percentage points. The New York data was weighted by gender, age, party affiliation, ethnicity, and 2016 vote. It is important to remember that subsets based on gender, age, party affiliation, and education carry with them higher margins of error, as the sample size is reduced. Data was collected using both an Interactive 120 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02116-4624 Voice Response (IVR) system of landlines only and an online panel provided by Opinion Access Corp.

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