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Siena poll: 53 percent would support Cuomo for third term

ALBANY – Fifty-three percent of registered voters who responded to a new poll said they are prepared to re-elect Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to a third term in 2018.

Cuomo's favorability rating among New Yorkers also climbed to its highest level since 2014, according to a new poll released Wednesday morning by Siena College.

The re-elect numbers for Cuomo are up from his low point last May, when a corruption scandal involving upstate economic development programs, made for regular headlines. At that time, a Siena poll found 42 percent of registered voters said they would back Cuomo for a third term.

Thirty-six percent of respondents in the poll released today said they prefer “someone else” to Cuomo in the 2018 election. Ten percent didn't know or had no opinion.

Upstate, the numbers change: 50 percent prefer someone other than Cuomo.

If the election were held today, the governor scored best for a third term among Democrats, liberals, New York City residents, African-Americans and Jewish voters, Siena said.

Fifty-one percent gave Cuomo a positive job approval rating, up five points from a Siena poll last month.

Fifty-nine percent of upstate respondents gave him a negative job performance rating while 59 percent of New York City residents scored his job performance positively.

As for whether they have a favorable or unfavorable view about Cuomo, 61 percent gave him a positive rating. In 2011, Cuomo’s favorability level among voters stood at its highest: 77 percent.

Thirty-two percent of the new poll’s sample is from upstate. In all, 770 registered voters responded to the English-only poll’s questions, and it contains a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Only one broader policy matter was released in the new poll: Do New Yorkers support a measure on the fall ballot for a convention to be held to consider changes to the state constitution? Sixty-two percent said they back a constitutional convention, but 67 percent said they had heard nothing about the upcoming statewide ballot measure.

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