New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is paying the political price for signing into law legislation to legalize abortions up to birth. According to a new poll, Governor Cuomo’s standing with New York voters fell to a new low.
The Democratic governor’s favorability rating fell to 43 percent with 50 percent viewing him unfavorably, down from 51 percent to 43 percent last month, the lowest figures Siena recorded since Cuomo took office in 2011, the Albany-area polling institute said.
His job-performance rating also fell significantly: 35 percent said he was doing an “excellent” or “good” job, compared to 64 percent who said “fair” or “poor”. Last month, it was 43 percent and 56 percent, respectively.
“Now, for the first time ever, half of New Yorkers view Andrew Cuomo unfavorably. It’s his lowest favorability rating ever and his lowest-ever job performance as governor,” Steven Greenberg, a Siena College poll spokesman, said in a statement.
“And it is a dramatic drop in both ratings from last month.”
The New York law is an attack on unborn babies’ rights. It goes beyond Roe v. Wade, allowing unborn babies to be aborted even when the U.S. Supreme Court has said states may restrict abortions. Late-term abortions, which once were illegal in New York, will be allowed, and non-doctors will be allowed to perform them.
The law also redefines a “person” as “a human being who has been born and is alive,” and describes abortion as a “fundamental right.”
Cuomo celebrated the passage of the law in January by lighting up state landmarks in pink. But his abortion advocacy has been met with wide-spread public outrage and calls for him to be excommunicated from the Catholic Church.
And now, a New York man will not face any charges for allegedly killing an unborn baby as well as his pregnant girlfriend last week in a gristly murder case.