(CNN) – Chris Christie would top Andrew Cuomo but lose to Hillary Clinton in hypothetical 2016 presidential matchups for New York State's 29 electoral votes, according to a new survey of Empire State voters.
And the Siena College Poll, released Monday, also indicates a drop in the approval rating for Cuomo as New York governor, but more than half of the state's registered voters say they would re-elect him next year.
In possible 2016 showdowns, 56% of those questioned say they'd support Clinton, the former secretary of state and 2008 Democratic presidential candidate who also served from 2001 to early 2009 as a senator from New York. Four in 10 say they'd back Christie, who was just re-elected two weeks ago to a second term as governor of neighboring New Jersey. But the GOP governor edges out Cuomo 47%-42%.
Clinton, if she decides to make another bid for the White House, would be the overwhelming favorite to win the Democratic nomination. Cuomo is also considered a possible 2016 Democratic contender for president. After passing on a run in 2012, Christie is seriously mulling a bid for the Republican nomination.
"Cuomo has a strong favorability rating. Christie's is a little better. And Clinton's favorability rating, 67-31 percent, is best of all," says Siena Pollster Steven Greenberg.
In a Christie-Clinton showdown, "Christie splits the suburban and upstate vote with Clinton, who dominates in New York City," adds Greenberg.
And in a Christie-Cuomo faceoff, "Cuomo's New York City lead is not enough to offset Christie's comparable upstate and suburban leads, not to mention Christie's 21-point lead among independent voters," says Greenberg.
New York state is reliably blue in presidential elections. The last Republican to capture the state in a presidential contest was President Ronald Reagan in his 1984 re-election landslide.
According to the poll, 44% of Empire State voters say Cuomo's doing an excellent or good job as governor, down from 52% in October. Fifty-six percent say Cuomo's doing a fair or poor job, up from 47% last month.
But Cuomo's 61% favorable rating is basically unchanged from October, and 51% say they would vote to re-elect him in 2014, also virtually unchanged from last month.
The Siena College Poll was conducted November 11-14, with 806 registered voters in New York state questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
– CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.
I never even considered Cuomo as a candidate for POTUS. My eyes are set on Warren, Clinton, and my long shot is Sen. Klobuchar. Yep! And all woman ticket.
Mr AllYouCanEatBBQ better worry about winning his own state before thinking about any others
I cannot imagine any reason why anyone would want Christie to be their governor, much less POTUS. His record in New Jersey has more black marks than gold stars. For example, New Jersey has unemployment that is higher than the national average by a full point, and trails the nation in jobs growth. He's cut drastically cut back on education. Cut taxes for the wealthy and businesses. He's followed the right wing's "pro-growth" policies to the letter, which has only made matters worse.
And those polls will stay the same .
Enough with the polls already – what, at this point, difference do they make? How about doing some actual journalism for a change? What happened with the IRS and conservative groups? What happened during the attck in Libya – what did the administration and State Department know and when did they know it? Why did the lie about a youtube video? Is Pelosi really stupid enough to believe what she is saying about Obamacare or is she lying? In either case, why are the voters stupid enough to keep electing her? Those are just few things that you could investigate......
New Yorkers already said what they are about, when they elected a communist leaning Mayor.
The Fat One will always trail someone
The lesson, as always: you can't beat anybody with nobody. You can't beat your opponent's plan if you have no plan.
Here, lets practice, repeat after me, Madam President Hillary Clinton and First Man President Bill Clinton.
i hope these dems start taking this Christi seriously, this country cannot afford another conservative on the supreme court. this will effectively end our country's democracy, and give it to big corporations to do what they please with the American people. Christi will outsource our jobs just like any of the repubs out their. he will give corporations unlimited power to hire cheap Chinese labor and pollute our earth. wake up democrats and see the world of the repubs where the average Joe doesn't count.