April 13th, 2010
11:23 AM ET
4 years ago

Poll: New Yorkers give Andrew Cuomo high marks

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is ranked favorably in a new poll.
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is ranked favorably in a new poll.

(CNN) – New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo enjoys overwhelming support for his work as the state's top law enforcement official and is well positioned to win the governorship in November, according to a poll released Tuesday.

The Quinnipiac University poll shows that nearly three out of four New York state voters approve of Cuomo's job performance, with just 14 percent saying they disapprove.

The poll also indicates that Cuomo, a Democrat who is expected to announce that he's running for governor, holds very large leads over possible Republican contenders in hypothetical general election matchups.

In the battle for the GOP gubernatorial nomination, 34 percent of Republican voters say they back former Rep. Rick Lazio, with 11 percent supporting Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy, a Democrat turned Republican, and an equal amount backing Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino. Four in ten Republican voters are undecided. Cuomo leads Lazio by 29 points in a possible November showdown. He tops Levy by 33 points and Paladino by 36 points.

Gov. David Paterson, a fellow Democrat who became governor in 2008 after Eliot Spitzer resigned in disgrace, announced last month that he will not run this year for a full term in office. Cuomo, the son of former three term New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, is widely expected to make a bid for Paterson's job.

"None of the Republican wannabes draws more than the generic Republican vote against Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, but let's see what happens when we have a campaign," says Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Separately, the survey indicates that 47 percent of New Yorkers approve of the job Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is doing, with one in four saying they disapprove. The approval rating is Gillibrand's highest in Quinnipiac polling since she was named senator in January 2009. Gillibrand, a former congresswoman from upstate New York, was appointed by Paterson to replace Hillary Clinton, who stepped down to become secretary of state.

Gillibrand is running this year to serve out the remaining two years of Clinton's term. According to the poll, if former Gov. George Pataki jumped into the race, he'd lead Gillibrand 45 percent to 40 percent. The former three-term Republican governor has not publicly indicated that he has any desire to challenge Gillibrand, a Democrat.

The GOP's had a tough time trying to get a top name Republican to enter the race. Former New York City Mayor and 2008 GOP presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani said no to a bid, as has nine-term Rep. Peter King, newspaper publisher and real estate billionaire Mort Zuckerman, and Dan Senor, a Defense Department official during President George W. Bush's administration. Senor is married to CNN anchor Campbell Brown.

According to the survey, Gillibrand tops Republican Bruck Blakeman, who is running, by 22 points in a hypothetical general election matchup. Joseph DioGuardi and David Malpass are the other two GOP candidates in the race for senator.

The poll indicates that Sen. Charles Schumer, a two-term Democrat who is up for re-election this year, has a 61 percent approval rating.

"Sen. Chuck Schumer is back over 60 percent on his job approval, defying the conventional wisdom that this is a bad year for incumbents," says Carroll.

According to the survey, President Barack Obama's approval rating among New Yorkers stands at 62 percent, up five points from February.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted April 6-11, with 1,381 New York State registered voters questioned by phone. The survey's overall approval rating is 2.6 percentage points.

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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. TW

    They need to put a big name against Schumer. See how he does then. Schumer is just another stiff in Congress that has been there too long and listens to everyone but the people who elected him (myself included). As of right now with no solid candidate being offered, Schumer would garner my vote for re-election. Reluctant vote but my vote just the same.

    April 13, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    If I were still a resident of the best city in the world (NYC) I'd vote for him. And he's good looking too!

    April 13, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  3. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    All of NYS Hail! To the new King! Son of the great king before and now he has arrived. He is of the true royal lineage and he will rule over us little people.
    All hail to the new king, long may he live!
    Now pay up those taxes!

    April 13, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. frank in valparaiso indiana

    If nothing else, thank God for NY AGs. They do go after Wall Street even if the feds don't.

    April 13, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  5. Charles W. Skinner

    It's New York, what do you expect for Democrat polling? While it IS a bad year for incumbants, there still are some "safe" districts. The I'd like to see the actual breakdown, as they probably had a "City" heavy sample. Upstate NY is FURIOUS with Sen. Schumer for his votes on Stimulus and Health Care Reform, and WILL punish him in the polls, but barring a general protest in NYC, it won't be enough to defeat him.

    If Pataki runs, he will CRUSH Gillibrand. The political calculation right now is, how much lateral support would Schumer provide because he would be campaigning at the same time.

    April 13, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  6. Dutch

    Cuomo is a good guy in my book. I specifically like how he went after the AIG scum who were receiving bonuses after the bailout. That's the kind of leadership needed in Albany. And please bring Elliot Spitzer back as state comptroller.

    April 13, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  7. sd

    This moron is the reason the mortgage industry is so screwed up. His knee jerk reaction to things has made things worse. The revised good faith estimate is a license to steal whereas the one it replaced was line by line dollar for dollar and could be understood. His actions to reform appraisals have taken the small independent honest appraiser out of business. Where there is money there will always be fraud. Overreacting and overfixing to look good to voters has simply made things worse and will keep the recovery years away. Please put him in the governors office and get him out of the attorney generals office. He is an idiot. Every anti consumer change in the mortgage industry has his name on it.

    April 13, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  8. Fair is Fair

    Now there's a dude that had waaaaaaaayyyyy too much coffee.

    April 13, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  9. Victim of GOP Taliban

    NY is "furious" at Schummer huh Charles? That's why he's been the best Senator in Congress and been in office forever. Good luck with that.

    April 13, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  10. Brink

    Until he investigates the management and finances of the MTA and declares that he is for educational reform (3 to 5 year contracts for teachers rather than life time tenure) he will not get my vote. I doubt though that he would take on the unions.

    April 13, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  11. angel

    Gee!
    This like look like the mob guy in the "Godfather" part I movie. If you remember the guy that was shot by Michael Cologne at the very end of the "Godfather" part I then you will see what I'm talking about.

    April 13, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  12. gt

    that picture makes him looked like the bad drug ganster in the "Godfather " movie...

    April 13, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  13. SocialismBad

    EGADS!! Does that picture of him look like The Joker???!!! SCARY!!!

    April 13, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  14. tmichael

    I guess 75% of NYers have gotten their marching orders! "You will vote for Prince Andrew!!"

    April 13, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  15. Willy Brown

    An old party crook coming home to roost!

    April 13, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |