Majority of New Yorkers have no opinion on new AG

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January 21, 2011

ALBANY, New York: The latest survey results published by the Siena Research Institute shows that while newly inaugurated Governor Andrew Cuomo enjoys a comfortable seventy percent approval rating among the 776 New York State registered voters interviewed, former State Senator Eric Schneiderman, who was elected this past November as the state's new top cop, manages only twenty-six percent in support.[1] The vast majority of those contacted for the poll, sixty percent, don't know who he is or hold no specific opinion about him.

This post-election drop, however, is fairly typical for individuals whose don't have nearly the same amount of name recognition as Cuomo does. Disgraced former Governor Eliot Spitzer, after he was elected in 2000 as the state's top cop, maintained a favorability rating that mirrored that of Schneiderman's at twenty-six percent; forty-six percent, according to the survey from Quinnipiac University, expressed no opinion on the state government officer.[2] The main issue for Schneiderman in the coming four years is to find an issue and pursue it in order to make it his own in the minds of the public. The former state senator's primary pursuit so far has been the litigative active against a Pennsylvania electric power plant for violating the Clean Air Act, something that was first instigated by his predecessor.[3]

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