ALBANY – With attacks from coming from the left and right, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has seen his favorability ranking among New Yorkers slip into a tie with his worst-ever showing since becoming governor in 2011, a new poll has found.
Meanwhile, according to Siena College, his Democratic challenger, activist and actress Cynthia Nixon, has cut into his otherwise large lead since she announced her bid against the two-term governor.
A month ago, Cuomo held a 66 percent to 19 percent lead over Nixon. In the new poll, his lead stands at 58 percent to 27 percent for Nixon among registered Democrats.
In their view of Cuomo, 49 percent had a favorable one and 44 percent view him negatively. That matches the lowest level – in July 2015.
Fifty-seven percent of respondents give Cuomo a negative rating for his job performance as governor, the poll found. Broken down by region, 69 percent of registered voters living upstate gave the governor a dim rating for his job performance, while 62 percent of downstate suburban voters held the same view. In New York City, 52 percent gave him a positive job rating grade.
Nixon, who is chasing after liberals in the Democratic Party, was unknown by nearly half of registered Democrats, Siena said.
Cuomo is still running strong among New York City and downstate suburban Democrats. But among upstate Democrats, he leads Nixon by only 48 percent to 37 percent.
In matchups with two GOP candidates, Cuomo is also ahead. Cuomo leads Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro by 57 percent to 31 percent and has a 56 percent to 32 percent over Syracuse-area Sen. John DeFrancisco.
When asked if they would vote for Cuomo or “someone else,’’ 47 percent said someone else and 44 percent said Cuomo.
The poll was taken April 8-12 among 692 registered New York voters; it has a margin of error of 4.3 percent.