Vast Majority of Erie County Residents Support Governor Cuomo’s and County Executive Poloncarz’s Handling of the COVID-19 Crisis

Erie County voters overwhelmingly approve of the job Governor Andrew Cuomo and County Executive Mark Poloncarz are doing to respond to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, while they disapprove of President Donald J. Trump’s handling of the pandemic, according to a new poll of 1,279 likely  Erie County 2020 general election voters released today.

Sixty-seven percent of Erie County residents approve of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s handling of the Coronavirus pandemic, with fifty-three percent (53%) rating his performance as excellent and fourteen percent (14%) as good, while thirty-three percent (33%) disapprove, with thirteen percent (13%) rating his performance as fair and twenty percent (20%) poor.

Sixty-nine percent of voters give County Executive Mark Poloncarz very high marks in responding to the pandemic, with thirty-four percent (34%) rating his performance as excellent and thirty-five percent (35%) as good, while thirty-one percent (31%) disapprove, with twenty-two percent (22%) rating his performance as fair and only nine percent (9%) poor.

Conversely, a vast majority of Erie County voters disapprove of the job President Donald J. Trump has done handling the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.  Only thirty-six percent (36%) of Erie County residents approve of President Trump’s handling of the Coronavirus pandemic, with twenty-eight percent (28%) rating his performance as excellent and eight percent (8%) as good, while sixty-four percent (64%) disapprove, with four percent (4%) rating his performance as fair and sixty percent (60%) – more than half of likely 2020 Erie County general election voters – as poor.

Additionally, Former Vice-President Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump among likely 2020 general election voters in a presidential head to head matchup by a wide margin: fifty-eight percent (58%) to thirty-four percent (34%), with eight percent (8%) favoring someone else.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz stated, “The results of this poll confirm what I have been hearing throughout the community: the vast majority of Erie County residents support the actions Governor Cuomo and I have taken in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. The COVID-19 outbreak is unprecedented in our lifetimes, and the people of Erie County understand the severity of the situation.”

“While there might be a very vocal minority that objects to our actions, the vast majority of Erie County residents approve of our response and the actions we have taken to protect the lives of Erie County residents. I thank the people of Erie County for their support, and I know, by working together, we will persevere through this crisis,” added Poloncarz.