ALBANY – Rob who?
If New York’s gubernatorial election were held today, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo would beat Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino by 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 fell in the first half of the year. It is 62 percent favorable to 25 percent unfavorable in the poll released Tuesday.
Another poll, released Monday, put Cuomo even further ahead in a hypothetical match against undeclared Republicans.
In a Wall Street Journal/NBC 4 New York/Marist poll, Cuomo would beat Astorino by 65 percent to 23 percent. He would defeat other potential challengers if the election were held today, including Buffalo businessman Carl P. Paladino, the Republican gubernatorial nominee in 2010, 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 by 45 percent to 34 percent.
Astorino, who has not decided whether he will challenge Cuomo next year, has been touted by State GOP Chairman Edward F. Cox, who was with Astorino last week during a trip to Arizona to meet with GOP governors, donors and party officials at the Republican Governors 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 margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.
The Wall Street Journal/NBC 4 New York/Marist poll found that Cuomo’s job-performance rating has slipped from 54 percent in April to 52 percent now. 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 that Cuomo would beat New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie among New York voters in a hypothetical 2016 presidential race by 51 percent to 44 percent. A third poll, released last week by Siena Research Institute, found Christie beating Cuomo by 47 percent to 42 percent among New York voters. Cuomo insists he is not running for president; Christie has not stated his intentions.