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Cuomo pummels GOP opponents, according to poll

NEW YORK - Governor Andrew Cuomo’s re-election prospects are promising.  Cuomo outdistances each of his potential GOP rivals by at least 40 percentage points, according to an NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist Poll

Cuomo also remains well-liked by most registered voters despite the lowest job approval rating the governor has received since taking office in 2011.  So, what accounts for the sharp drop in Cuomo’s job performance rating?  The view of many voters that the state’s economy is still struggling plays a role.

“Governor Cuomo’s opponents face an uphill fight to unseat him this November,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.  “Voters are comfortable with Cuomo but he still needs to convince many that the economy is turning around.” 

Looking ahead to this November’s gubernatorial election, Cuomo maintains a robust lead over his potential Republican challengers.  Among registered voters in New York State, here is how these hypothetical contests stand:

  • Cuomo — 65% — outpaces Rob Astorino — 25% — by 40 percentage points.  One in ten voters in New York State — 10% — is undecided.  Cuomo — 65% — had a similar advantage against Astorino — 23% — when NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist last reported this question last November.  At that time, 12% of voters were undecided.
  • Against Carl Paladino, Cuomo has the support of nearly seven in ten voters — 68%.  This compares with 25% for Paladino.  Eight percent are undecided.  Last fall, 67% backed Cuomo while 24% were for Paladino.  Nine percent, then, were undecided.
  • Cuomo — 70% — trounces Donald Trump — 26% — by 44 percentage points.  Five percent are undecided.  In that previous survey, 70% supported Cuomo compared with 24% for Trump.  Seven percent were undecided.

Cuomo’s re-election chances stand firm despite a steep decline in his job approval rating.  42% of registered voters statewide approve of how Cuomo is doing his job.  This includes 7% who think he is doing an excellent job and 35% who believe he is doing a good one.  38% rate Cuomo’s job performance as fair, and nearly one in five voters — 18% — calls it poor.  Three percent are unsure.

In November, 52% of voters gave Cuomo high marks.  Included here were 8% who thought Cuomo was doing an excellent job and 44% who said he was doing a good one.  31%, at that time, thought the governor was doing an average job while 13% reported he was doing a poor one.  Three percent were unsure.

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