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Cuomo leads Astorino by 37 points among likely voters

LOUDONVILLE NY - Fifteen weeks until Election Day, Governor Andrew Cuomo holds an enormous 37-point lead over Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, 60-23 percent, according to a Siena College Poll of likely New York gubernatorial voters released on Monday.  Fifty-nine percent of likely voters say Cuomo has made New York a better place to live, compared to 15 percent who say he’s made it worse and 21 percent who say it’s the same.

Voters are closely divided on viewing each house of the Legislature favorably or unfavorably, and more are inclined to re-elect incumbent legislators rather than ‘someone else.’ Yet, 65 percent say most state legislators “do what’s best for them and their political friends and it never surprises me when another one gets indicted.” Only 28 percent say “most state legislators are honest, hardworking and do what’s best for their constituents.”

By a 49-39 percent margin, voters want to see implementation of the Common Core standards stopped rather than continued. Democratic incumbents Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman continue to hold solid leads over their Republican challengers.

“With a little more than a hundred days until voters go to the polls, Astorino has a gigantic hole to climb out of to even make the race for governor competitive. Cuomo currently has the support of 80 percent of Democrats, 56 percent of independents and 32 percent of Republicans. Cuomo’s lead among independents is larger than the lead Astorino has among Republicans,” said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg. “Cuomo’s lead among likely voters is 76 points in New York City, 29 points in the downstate suburbs and 15 points upstate. Interestingly, while two-thirds of voters say New York is about the same or worse off than it was four years ago, 59 percent of voters say Cuomo has made New York a better place to live in the last four years. Only 15 percent say he’s made it a worse place to live. Nearly three-quarters of Democrats, more than half of independents and a plurality of Republicans say Cuomo’s made New York a better place to live,” Greenberg said.