A new poll finds Gov. Andrew Cuomo would handily defeat Manhattan real estate mogul Donald Trump if the gubernatorial election were held today.

Democratic incumbent Andrew M. Cuomo holds a commanding lead over anyone mentioned as a Republican candidate for governor this year – even mega-personality Donald J. Trump – according to the latest Siena Research Institute poll.

Cuomo would beat Trump 70 to 22 percent if the election were held today, while Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino fares no better, losing to the governor 67 to 19 percent. It all leads pollsters at Siena College in Loudonville to conclude Cuomo is “sitting pretty” as the 2014 election season unfolds.

“His favorability rating is the strongest it’s been since February,” said Siena pollster Steven A. Greenberg. “His job performance rating is the best it’s been since March. And more voters are prepared to re-elect him than at any time since last January.”

The poll also notes that three-quarters of surveyed voters don’t even recognize Astorino, while neither he nor Trump even gains the majority of Republicans, let alone independents. In fact, Trump is viewed unfavorably by 57 percent of voters.

Cuomo is viewed favorably by 66 percent of voters and unfavorably by 28 percent (up from 61 to 32 percent in November), Siena reported. Voters give him a positive 54 to 46 percent job performance rating (up from a negative 44 to 56 percent in November), while 57 percent are prepared to re-elect him, compared to 33 percent who would prefer someone else (up from 51 to 41 percent). Astorino has a 14 to 10 percent favorability rating, with the rest not recognizing him.

Trump faces no such recognition problems, but is viewed favorably by only 38 percent and unfavorably by 57 percent of those polled.

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