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Cuomo extends lead over Astorino in Siena poll

Rochester Business Journal
June 16, 2014

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has upped his lead by 6 percentage points over Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino, who remains unknown to most New Yorkers, a Siena Research Institute poll released Monday shows.

Cuomo, a Democrat, leads Republican Astorino by 57 percent to 21 percent, the Siena College survey shows. Cuomo led by 30 percentage points in an April poll.

Among Upstate New York voters responding, 43 percent would vote for Cuomo and 28 percent would vote for Astorino, the survey shows.

“Astorino has a huge gap to close, and it’s hard to beat a popular incumbent when you face a 2-to-1 party disadvantage and you are unknown to two-thirds of voters, including 70 percent of your own party,” poll spokesman Steven Greenberg said in a statement.

Cuomo’s favorability rating is 63 percent favorable to 31 percent unfavorable, up from 57-38 in April, the poll found. Cuomo’s job performance rating has improved to 49 percent excellent-good, 50 percent fair-poor from 45-54. In addition, 57 percent of voters polled are prepared to re-elect Cuomo, compared with 35 percent who are not.

Astorino’s favorability rating is at 18-12, with 69 percent having no opinion. Among Republican respondents, 24 percent view Astorino positively, 6 percent view him unfavorably and 70 percent do not know or have no opinion, the survey shows.

Some 59 percent of those polled want to see the state Senate continue to be controlled by its Republican majority and a coalition of independent Democrats, with 16 percent favoring complete Republican control and 22 percent favoring Democratic control.

Voters, by a 53-36 margin, want to see the independent Democrats continue to partner with Republicans rather than with Democrats. By a margin of 55-38, they want Cuomo to avoid getting involved in the Senate’s makeup rather than trying to help Democrats take majority control.

Some 50 percent of voters polled say New York is on the right track, with 39 percent saying it is heading in the wrong direction. The margin was 46-44 in April.

The poll was conducted June 8 to 12 with telephone calls to 835 New York registered voters. The margin of error is 3.4 percent, Siena officials said.

(c) 2014 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email service@rbj.net.


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