Quinnipiac NY Poll Puts Clinton, Cuomo Over GOP 2016 Rivals

Image: Quinnipiac NY Poll Puts Clinton, Cuomo Over GOP 2016 Rivals Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, left, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. (Micheal Reynolds/EPA/Landov; Hans Pennink/Reuters/Landov)

Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 08:47 AM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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New York voters would pick former Secretary of State and New York Sen. Hillary Clinton and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a native New Yorker, above all potential Republican candidates in a 2016 race, a new Quinnipiac University poll shows.

Clinton would have the largest leads of 20 points or more, Maurice Carroll, assistant poll director, said in a statement. Meanwhile, the poll showed Cuomo would have leads of 10 to 24 percentage points.

Their largest leads are over neighboring New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the poll of 1,034 state voters taken between Aug. 14-17 reveals. Clinton holds a commanding lead of 54 percent to 34 percent over Christie, and Cuomo leads him by 47 percent to 37 percent.

In other matchups, Clinton holds a 60 percent to 29 percent lead over former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and 61 percent to 30 percent over Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul. Cuomo leads Bush by 53 percent to 30 percent and Paul by 55 percent to 31 percent.

The poll only compared Christie and Cuomo with three of the potential Republican candidates, not asking about other possible candidates, including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and others.

Among women, Clinton's margins in the poll went from 33 percentage points over Christie to 41 percentage points over Paul, and independent voters put her margin rating at 7 points over Christie to 26 points over Bush.

Meanwhile, Cuomo's leads among women went from 16 points over Christie to 32 points over Paul. However, Christie comes out ahead of Cuomo with independent voters, by 41 percent to 35 percent, and Cuomo is ahead of Bush by 44 percent to 32 percent and Paul by 43 percent to 35 percent.

The poll had a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.

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