The Daily News reports:
Gov. Cuomo has tried to spread around the responsibility for the subway’s plight, but voters are pinning their commuting woes on him.
A poll Quinnipiac University released Thursday found 40% of city voters who think the subway is “poor” and “not so good” mainly blame Cuomo. Meanwhile, more than a fifth mainly blame Mayor de Blasio.
The two feuding pols are locked in a battle over funding the city’s mass transit system — and 63% of voters think it’s hurting New York.
“These numbers are not good for Cuomo,” said Maurice Carroll, assistant director of the Quinnipiac poll. “He certainly wants to be president — he’s certainly got it in his mind anyway. So stuff like this doesn’t help. He’s going to have to get the subways straightened out, because this is going to escalate.”
Carroll said voters are experiencing first-hand the subway meltdown and constant disruptions to their daily commute.
But another poll released Tuesday put the fault on the mayor. An NY1-Baruch College poll released Tuesday found a third of voters blame the mayor for the subway, while only about 25% said Cuomo deserved more blame.
Carroll said de Blasio, who is seeking re-election, has gotten the message and has been hammering Cuomo as he’s taken more subway trips, some of which were for photo ops.
“De Blasio is not the smartest politician I ever met, but on this one he focuses on what he ought to do: It’s Cuomo, Cuomo, Cuomo,” Carroll said. “De Blasio has done a good job of saying Cuomo, Cuomo, Cuomo. And Cuomo, to his credit, has finally decided, ‘Well I can’t duck it, so I better do something about (it).’
Whether they will or not I don’t know, but it’s definitely the governor’s problem.”