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Cuomo favorability drops, but he keeps lead over Astorino

Rochester Business Journal
August 5, 2014

In the first statewide opinion poll since news of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s possible involvement with the Moreland Commission ethics panel he created, his favorability rating dropped to 53 percent, the lowest since he took office three years ago.

But Cuomo retained a healthy lead over Republican Rob Astorino in his bid for re-election.

Cuomo’s unfavorable rating is 32 percent, unchanged from July, a Marist College Institute for Public Opinion survey released Tuesday shows. Some 15 percent of respondents say they are unsure of Cuomo or have not heard of him, up from 10 percent in July.

Some 41 percent of voters polled think Cuomo’s disbanding of the ethics panel will be a minor issue in deciding who they will vote for for governor in November, with 30 percent calling it no factor at all and 23 percent calling it a major factor.

Cuomo was the choice for re-election by 54 percent of those surveyed. Astorino was the choice of 23 percent. Cuomo was the choice last month by a margin of 59 percent to 24 percent.

“Among voters keyed into the issue, the political storm is taking a toll on their views of Gov. Cuomo,” poll director Lee Miringhoff said in a statement. “But, he has managed to keep the fallout at arm’s length where his re-election is concerned.”

The survey of 1,039 New York adults, including 839 registered voters, was conducted July 28-31, in partnership with NBC 4 New York and the Wall Street Journal. The margin for error is 3.4 percent, poll representatives 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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