Siena Poll: Cuomo Ratings Drop, but Still Top GOP Challenger

Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014 05:39 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's favorability and job performance ratings have fallen, says a new survey, but he still continues to lead his likely Republican challenger, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, by more than 40 percentage points.

Last month, Cuomo's favorability rating was 66 percent favorable, compared to 28 percent unfavorable, says the Siena College poll. But the college's newest survey, released Tuesday, shows the governor's favorability rating is now at 60 percent favorable, with 35 percent unfavorable.

The telephone poll, which surveyed 805 New York voters Feb. 16-20, also revealed that Cuomo's job performance rating fell from 56 percent and 46 percent last month to 48 percent and 51 percent in February.

Despite the dips, Cuomo is still far ahead of Astorino. In head-to-head comparisons, the governor leads by 42 points, down from 48 points last month.

"Cuomo's favorability, job performance, and generic re-elect ratings all fell this month compared to last month, with the biggest drops occurring with independent, downstate suburban, and upstate voters," said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg. "Virtually all of the gains that the governor saw in his ratings between November and January have been lost."

The numbers echo a Quinnipiac University poll conducted earlier this month, which showed Cuomo would win re-election by a margin of 2-1 against Astorino.

According to the Siena College poll, most voters, at 54 percent, are ready to re-elect Cuomo, compared to 37 percent who want someone else. Those numbers are down from 57 percent who were ready to re-elect Cuomo last month and 33 percent who wanted someone else.

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