On the importance of process: Voters dislike the way Cuomo does business and approve of the job he's doing, hands down
6:34 pm Apr. 4, 20121
Elected officials often complain that reporters focus too much on the process of how public policy is crafted, rather than on the results, painting a picture that is more negative and complainsy than they feel is merited.
Governor Andrew Cuomo, who frequently points out that he has at least achieved action, unless his predecessors, doesn't seem to have been hurt much by the press' objections about the way he does business anyway. Outcomes are what the public wants to hear about, he says, even though procedural improvements would be nice, too.
He's not wrong, in terms of the politics of it: A Quinnipiac poll out today showed a majority of New Yorkers didn't like the way he went about getting a major legislative deal done in Albany, even as they continue to like him, very much.
76-18 percent of voters said transparency on recent deals is a very serious or somewhat serious problem.
68-19 percent approve of him as governor.
A Post headline was about support for hiking the minimum wage, but also made mention of the transparency grumblings.
Karen DeWitt asked the Quinnipiac pollster, Mickey Carroll, when will the problem over transparency would "catch up" to Cuomo.
"What's to catch up, Karen?" he responded. "Maybe it'll never catch up. Maybe it doesn't matter. Maybe people don't like it but they still like the results. And the Quinnipiac numbers say, without question, they like the governor's job."
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