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Christie more popular than Cuomo in New York

By Tom Precious

ALBANY – Ouch.

We’ll let the numbers speak.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, yes from the Garden State, has a higher favorability rating in New York than the Empire State’s own Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

In the latest Siena College poll out this morning, Christie has a 63 percent favorability rating in New York compared to 61 percent for Cuomo.

Other numbers show continued problems but also some good news for Cuomo.

On the problem side, 56 percent give his job performance a negative rating, his worst since taking office in January 2011. Forty-four percent give him a positive rating. Upstate, the numbers are gloomy: 65 percent say they don’t like the job Cuomo is doing in office.

Fifty-one percent of New Yorkers say they would vote to re-elect Cuomo -– down from 62 percent last December -- with 41 percent saying they would like someone else in the governor’s office.

But New Yorkers, at least right now, aren’t impressed by the possible opponents Cuomo might face next year. The Siena poll shows Cuomo beating Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox and Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino by as much as 41 points.

As for the 2016 presidential election, more New Yorkers -– 47 percent to 42 percent –- would vote for Christie than Cuomo. But 56 percent said they would vote for Hillary Clinton, compared to the 40 percent of New Yorkers who would vote for Christie.

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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

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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, 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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