Record Low Favorability for Chuck Schumer... in New York?
A new telephone-based Siena College poll showed Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) with a marked drop in favorability among his neighbors since taking his leadership post.
Schumer, who took over for retiring Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), is viewed favorably by just 53 percent of New Yorkers, a drop of more than ten points since last December.
The Empire State's senior senator has been accused of obstruction by President Trump and Republicans.
Trump labeled the Brighton Beach-area native "Cryin' Chuck" after he became emotional while criticizing the president's travel ban.
According to the poll, 37 percent of New Yorkers view Schumer unfavorably, which, according to the New York Daily News, is the highest point ever in a Siena survey.
"It's telling us that Republicans, and to a lesser extent, independent voters in New York are not happy with [Schumer's] new role. He's the face of the Democratic party in many places," Siena pollster Steve Greenberg told the Daily News.
Seventy percent of New York Democrats view Schumer favorably, compared to 77 percent in May.
Schumer cruised to victory in 2016 against Republican challenger and attorney Wendy Long.
New York State is often split in two sections by political observers, with the Tappan Zee Bridge or thereabouts acting as an Upstate-versus-NYC 'dividing line' of sorts.
Half of Upstate residents view him favorably, compared to 57 percent of city residents.
Last year, nearly 70 percent of the more Republican Upstate viewed Schumer favorably.
Schumer's counterpart, Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand, is viewed more favorably by residents.
But about one-third said they didn't know enough about her to give an opinion.
The Siena poll has a four percent margin of error.