(CNN) - New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's got a sky high approval rating, and the Democratic gubernatorial candidate's far ahead of his Republican rivals in general election matchups, but according to a new poll voters want Cuomo to speak out about how he will fix the Empire state's budget woes.
A Quinnipiac University survey indicates that 64 percent of New York state registered voters say Cuomo's not doing enough to explain his budget proposals, with a majority of Republicans, independents, and even Democrats in agreement.
Nearly four in ten questioned in the poll say that Cuomo's "politely deferring" to current Gov. David Paterson on the budget, with just over four in ten saying that Cuomo's "ducking his responsibility."
"Imagine that: Voters want to hear more from a politician. Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has been too quiet on how we would solve Albany's budget mess, which he'll inherit – if he's elected," says Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
According to the survey, 72 percent approve of the job Cuomo's doing as attorney general. The poll indicates that Cuomo leads Republican Rick Lazio, a former congressman, 58 percent to 26 percent in a hypothetical general election matchup, with Cuomo up 59 percent to 23 percent over GOP candidate Carl Paladino in a possible November showdown.
According to the poll, Lazio leads Paladino 46 percent to 17 percent in the Republican gubernatorial battle, with nearly three in ten undecided.
Cuomo, the son of former three-term New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, last month formally declared his candidacy for governor. Earlier this year Paterson, a fellow Democrat, announced he would not run this year for a full term in office.
The survey also indicates 44 percent of New York voters approve of the job Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's doing, with 27 percent disapproving and nearly three in ten undecided. She leads her two possible Republican challengers by 20 and 22 points as she battles to serve out the final two years of the term of Hillary Clinton, who stepped down from the seat last year to become secretary of state.
Other results from the poll: Six in ten approve of the job Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer, who's up for re-election this year, is doing. Fifty-five percent approve of the job President Barack Obama's doing in the White House. But more than six in ten disapprove of the job Patterson's doing as governor.
The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted June 15-20, with 1,592 registered voters in New York state questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.
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They just want to make sure he is another liberal crook, just like all other New York democrats, before they elect him.
it is not really fair to him
he seems like a great guy and like he does a good job
putting him on a mountain top and treating him like he cannot fail is not fair to someone who is really a decent person
I think he is and will be a good solid leader
please don't set him up for failure
I'd like to SEE more of Cuomo! You know, like, a la Sen. Brown! Just saying....! lol
The NYS Government just passed a 10 Billion dollar TAX increase yesterday. Because after 83 days of a late budget our people's representation could find no ways to reduce spending so they when ahead and raised taxes. Much of the tax increases are leveled against those who can least afford an increase, the poor, the working poor and the elderly.
What would Cuomo do? He will do the very same thing raise taxes as opposed to cutting spending. What would Lazio or the other phony candidate do? You got it they would raise taxes again.
THIS IS representation of the people this is EXPLOTATION of the people.
I'm now saddled with paying over 60 % of my gross income in taxes and fees, the new taxes are the last straw.
The time to leave NY is now, I have lived here all my life 54 years, and I have never seen the taxes as we have now.
Shame on the voters who will re-electe these phony representitives again.
Unless he is willing to take on the MTA and its many out of control unions, the teacher' union together with tenure and guaranteed return on teachers' pensions and the police unions on Long Island, he has nothing to say and will not get my vote.
Nice work Paul S.
being a New Yorker I give him strong kudos in his current role ....and pray his Gov run is not for payback on his father's behalf. This state is a mess with career poltiicans and no heart for the constituients....
His quietness is all in the winning strategy....haven't we learned yet?
He is the State Attorney General, his party has complete control and power over the entire state, and his father was governor multiple times, yet in typical DEMOCRAT ethics fashion, he calls himself an outsider.
Well, maybe with the activities of the last 2 DEMOCRAT governors, he might be actually saying he is different from them as in being an outside-her when it comes to other females besides his wife.
Prince Andrew will govern just like his father... who saw an annual 12% increase in our state budget per year over his 12 years of RULE in New York...
What NYS needs is less NYC liberals and more small govt minded people.
People need to understand that 1 in 3 people working in NYS are empolyed by govt in some form... Greece had a small % working for it's govt...