By Tom Precious
ALBANY – Rob who?
If New York’s gubernatorial election was held today, Gov. Andrew Cuomo would beat Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino 56 percent to 25 percent, as 84 percent of registered voters say they don’t know enough about Astorino to form an opinion of him, a new poll finds.
Quinnipiac University also found improvements in Cuomo’s overall job approval rating, which had fallen in the first half of the year. It now stands at 62 percent favorable to 25 percent unfavorable in the poll released this morning.
Another poll, released Monday and which Cuomo administration officials forwarded to reporters to make sure they saw, put Cuomo even further ahead in a hypothetical match-up against undeclared Republicans. In a Wall Street Journal/NBC 4 New York/Marist poll, Cuomo would beat Astorino 65 percent to 23 percent. He would defeat other potential challengers if the election was held today, including Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino, by about the same margin, the poll found.
Cuomo, who was in Rochester for a fundraiser Monday night following a campaign money gathering event in Buffalo last week, leads Astorino in every breakout group except among Republicans in the Quinnipiac poll. Among upstate voters, Cuomo is ahead 45 percent to 34 percent. Astorino, who has not decided whether he will challenge Cuomo next year, has been touted by GOP Chairman Ed Cox, who was with Astorino last week during a trip to Arizona to meet GOP governors, donors and party officials at the Republican Governor’s Association meeting.
By a margin of 59 percent to 31 percent, poll respondents said they believe Cuomo deserves to be re-elected. The Quinnipiac poll has a 2.7 percent margin of error.
The Wall Street Journal/NBC 4 New York/Marist poll found Cuomo’s job performance rating has slipped from 54 percent in April to 52 percent today. Upstate voters gave him a 47 percent positive job approval rating, while 56 percent of New York City voters rated his performance positively.
That poll also found Cuomo would beat New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie among New York voters in a hypothetical 2016 presidential race by 51 percent to 44 percent. And yet a third poll – released last week by Siena College – found Christie beating Cuomo 47 percent to 42 percent among New York voters. Cuomo has insisted he is not running for president while Christie has not stated his intentions.
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