Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been catapulted into the spotlight. His daily press briefings have been dubbed "must-see television" by the mainstream media. Some of this has to do with the presumptive Democratic nominee, Joe Biden, being trapped in his basement and more likely to be found on the back of a milk carton. With the ever-present Governor Cuomo now the voice of the Democratic Party on all things coronavirus, we have been fortunate enough to get some real "TMI" moments from New York's favorite son. Cuomo has explained to New Yorkers (while thousands hundreds are dying each day in hospitals and nursing homes) everything from "the cinematic genius of Dragnet," to who is his mom's favorite son, the Governor or CNN anchor Chris Cuomo (my vote is neither!)
Such buffoonery during painful and terrifying times is tone deaf. But when the camera is rolling and you have very little good news to share with the public, what's the price of a few chuckles here and there while real people suffer? Even more galling during these comedic routines to the sycophant New York media is hearing all about Cuomo's dog, "Captain." "Captain" has maintained a lower profile than his owner, but like his owner, is enjoying a surge in popularity. At the moment, 39% of New York likely voters are at least somewhat favorable of "Captain," while 11% are at least somewhat unfavorable of "Captain." More than a third (36%) are not familiar and 13% were not sure of how they feel regarding New York's first dog.
To put this in perspective, among 820 likely voters surveyed in New York, 41% were at least somewhat favorable of President Trump, while 56% of likely voters were at least somewhat unfavorable of the president. Can Trump win re-election if he polls closely with New York's first dog? One thing is for sure, just like sons and daughters, dogs (unfortunately for Captain) don't pick their owners.
Zogby Analytics Poll Methodology
New York Likely Voters
5/7/20 - 5/8/20
Zogby Analytics conducted an online survey of 820 likely voters in New York.
Using internal and trusted interactive partner resources, thousands of adults were randomly invited to participate in this interactive survey. Each invitation is password coded and secure so that one respondent can only access the survey one time.
Using information based on census data, voter registration figures, CIA fact books and exit polls, we use complex weighting techniques to best represent the demographics of the population being surveyed. Weighted variables may include age, race, gender, region, party, education, and religion.
Based on a confidence interval of 95%, the margin of error for 820 is +/- 3.4 percentage points. This means that all other things being equal, the identical survey repeated will have results within the margin of error 95 times out of 100.
Subsets of the data have a larger margin of error than the whole data set. As a rule we do not rely on the validity of very small subsets of the data especially sets smaller than 50-75 respondents. At that subset we can make estimations based on the data, but in these cases the data is more qualitative than quantitative.
Additional factors can create error, such as question wording and question order.
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