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New Yorkers have a bigger job in mind for Hillary Clinton

By Tom Precious

ALBANY – Run, Hillary, run.

That’s the message from a majority of New York voters to their former U.S. senator and their hope that she chases after the 2016 White House nomination, a new poll has found.

As for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has also been laying the groundwork for a possible presidential run, New Yorkers say they like him and he’s doing a good job, but a plurality of voters do not think he should consider the 2016 race, according to a poll this morning by Siena College.

For Clinton, the outgoing U.S. Secretary of State in the Obama administration whose legal residence is in Westchester County, the recent poll showed her with her highest favorability rating ever – 75 percent to 23 percent – among New Yorkers.

And 54 percent, compared to 39 percent, think she should run for president in 2016.
Among Democrats, Clinton, a Democrat, was backed by 69 percent of respondents for a White House run, compared to only 43 percent of Democrats who believe the Democratic governor should be in the mix.

Clinton’s strongest backing came from black registered voters – 74 percent want her to run – but she also did well among union households, liberals, Latinos, young voters, New York City residents and across all income categories. Among upstate respondents, 52 percent said she should run.

Clinton is viewed favorably by 90 percent of New York Democrats, compared to 76 percent who view Cuomo favorably. (Sixty-two percent of voters say they would be willing, however, to re-elect Cuomo if the 2014 election were held today.)

As for the economy, 77 percent of New Yorkers say the state’s fiscal condition is in only fair or poor shape, compared to 20 percent who say it is good or excellent.

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Robert J. McCarthy

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A native of Schenectady, Robert J. McCarthy came to The Buffalo News in 1982 following a six-year stint at the Olean Times Herald. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and has been covering local, state and national politics since 1992.

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Tom Precious

Tom Precious

Tom Precious joined The Buffalo News in 1997 as bureau chief at the state Capitol, where he covers everything from statewide politics and state government fiscal affairs to health care, environmental and municipal government matters. Prior to The News, he worked for news outlets in Albany and Washington, DC.

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Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski, The Buffalo News Washington bureau chief, has reported from the nation's capital since 1989 after joining The News as a business reporter in 1984. A graduate of Syracuse University, Zremski is a former Nieman fellow in journalism at Harvard University. In 2007, he served as president of the National Press Club.

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