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Poll: Gov. Cuomo 73 Percent Approval Rating

Cuomo well liked as governor, but not as presidential candidate

By Catherine Yang
Epoch Times Staff
Created: July 25, 2012 Last Updated: July 25, 2012
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo shakes hands along the route of the 67th annual Columbus Day Parade on October 10, 2011 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo shakes hands along the route of the 67th annual Columbus Day Parade on October 10, 2011 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

New York state voters approve of Andrew Cuomo as governor, with a 73 percent approval rating, but only 33 percent would want Cuomo to run for president in the 2016 campaign, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.

Out of New York City voters, 39 percent wanted Cuomo to run for president in 2016 and 41 percent thought he would make a good president. Comparatively, 66 percent of NYC voters thought Hillary Clinton would make a good president.

Sixty percent of NYC respondents said Clinton would make a better president than Cuomo, 25 percent preferred Cuomo, 6 percent said neither would make a good president, 8 percent were undecided, and 1 percent said both.

“New York voters don’t accept ‘father knows best’ when it comes to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for president in 2016,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, in a release.

New Yorkers were also asked whether they would vote for Republican candidate Wendy Long or Democratic Party candidate Kirsten Gillibrand if a U.S. Senate election were being held. NYC voters preferred Gillibrand to Long 63–18 percent.

Gillibrand had a 46 percent approval rating with NYC voters, a 4 percent drop from the 50 percent in May. Her approval rating in New York state (44 percent) has nearly doubled since 2009 (24 percent).

Long’s approval rating among NYC voters was evenly 11–11 favorable/unfavorable, with 77 percent of voters saying they hadn’t heard enough about her to decide.

Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,779 New York state voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.3 percentage points. Live interviewers call landlines and cellphones between July 17 and July 23. The majority of respondents were over the age of 55 (1,081 respondents).

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