N.Y. poll: Cuomo trumps Trump in possible showdown
February 13th, 2014
09:24 AM ET
5 months ago

N.Y. poll: Cuomo trumps Trump in possible showdown

(CNN) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo tops Donald Trump and another potential GOP challenger this year by 2-1 margins in possible November showdowns, according to a new poll.

And a Quinnipiac University survey of New York voters released Thursday also indicates that more than six in 10 approve of the job the job their Democratic governor is doing in office, with 59% saying Cuomo deserves to be re-elected this year to a second term in Albany.

According to the poll, Cuomo easily tops Trump 63%-26% in a hypothetical matchup, with Cuomo also thumping Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino,  58%-24%.

While the governor has a 59%-28% favorable/unfavorable rating, the survey indicates that Trump has an upside down 27%-60% favorable/unfavorable rating. And 86% of Empire State voters say they haven't heard enough about Astorino to form an opinion.

Some GOP leaders in New York have urged Trump to run for governor against Cuomo. The real estate mogul and reality TV star said two weeks ago in an interview on an Albany radio station that he's "ready, willing, and able" to run, but he said he wouldn't run if Astorino or another GOP candidate makes a bid. Trump added that he wants unity for the Republican Party in New York. Astorino has said he'll decide on a run by the end of the month.

"Take your pick: Gov. Andrew Cuomo, an opponent nobody knows or an opponent nobody likes.  It comes out the same either way: Gov. Cuomo trounces Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, the unknown, or Donald Trump, the unliked," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

2016 race

Cuomo tops Republican Gov. Chris Christie of neighboring New Jersey 50%-34% among New York State voters in a hypothetical 2016 presidential showdown. And former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leads Christie, 58%-31%, in a possible White House matchup. Clinton represented New York  in the U.S. Senate for eight years before stepping down in early 2009 to become U.S. secretary of state.

"We’re two years away from the New Hampshire primary, but people will gossip about politics and for now New Yorkers put former Secretary of State – and former New York Senator - Hillary Clinton, and current Favorite Son Andrew Cuomo ahead of Christie," Carroll added.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted February from February 6 to 10, with 1,488 New York voters questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.


Filed under: 2014 • Andrew Cuomo • Donald Trump • New York
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. HenryMiller

    An adequately trained monkey should top either of them.

    February 13, 2014 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  2. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    The RACOON HEAD and GOP STOOGE Donald dump might as well go home and start looking through his birth certificate files??????

    February 13, 2014 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  3. troppo1

    dump trump, he's such a chump, fat in rump and likes to pump, just dump chump trump

    February 13, 2014 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  4. just asking

    i'm sure the new york liberals will re-elect him. he will need at least one more term to wreck things bad enough before the liberals turn to a republican to fix it yet again. between cuomo and that looney tune mayor of nyc, the wrecking ball is swinging pretty freely in ny these days.

    i wonder how there big campaign to attract businesses to ny is going? tax free zones, pay no taxes for ten years, sounds like the democrats have signed on to the trickle down approach. they finally figured out that businesses hire people and create jobs, not just the government.

    February 13, 2014 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  5. Jim Russell

    Excuse me, that had to be a typo. I'm sure it wasn't 26% would vote for Trump, it was 26. 26%? There aren't that many stupid people in NY.

    February 13, 2014 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  6. Anonymous

    @ just asking

    i wonder how there big campaign to attract businesses to ny is going? tax free zones, pay no taxes for ten years, sounds like the democrats have signed on to the trickle down approach. they finally figured out that businesses hire people and create jobs, not just the government.

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    Haha – How many jobs were created under Bush using the trickle down approach? I think when Bush finally left office he was in the negative. See Dems use facts and the GOP rely on Faux news for there fairy tail numbers.

    February 13, 2014 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  7. Gurgyl

    Birth certificate, please, or Obamacare please, or Benghazi please.........

    February 13, 2014 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  8. Al-NY,NY

    just asking

    i'm sure the new york liberals will re-elect him.
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    it won't be only the liberals but independents also. Only the mind-melded righties would vote for the man with the bad toupee. If you have a republican that can appeal to the majority of voters, let's here it

    February 13, 2014 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  9. Kinard

    If it were possible to spend the day with a cartoon character or Trump, I'd pick the cartoon character. The conversation would be much more upbeat, and enlightening.

    February 13, 2014 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  10. Thomas

    Would somebody please tell Mr.Trump there's roadkill or a grey squirrel on his head .

    February 13, 2014 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    just asking

    i'm sure the new york liberals will re-elect him. he will need at least one more term to wreck things bad enough before the liberals turn to a republican to fix it yet again. between cuomo and that looney tune mayor of nyc, the wrecking ball is swinging pretty freely in ny these days.

    i wonder how there big campaign to attract businesses to ny is going? tax free zones, pay no taxes for ten years, sounds like the democrats have signed on to the trickle down approach. they finally figured out that businesses hire people and create jobs, not just the government.
    *************
    It also helps that we have a well-educated workforce that can take advantage of the infrastructure that the State of NY and the Federal government partnered with in creating. Last time I checked, you don't get these things without government taking the lead on education and infrastructure. The longest serving Secretary of the Treasury, Albert Gallatin, recognized this fact over 2 centuries ago. Tax breaks alone don't create it: demand, a skilled workforce, AND entrepreneurs make job creation a reality. Oh, and trickle-down does not work, but targeted tax cuts do.

    February 13, 2014 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  12. it must be said

    I wasn't aware that Trump had announced he was running for Governor of NY. Until he does that, why bother with these idiotic polls?

    I don't think Trump would not do well as a Governor of a blue state like NY because the government has to be stacked to the ceiling with incompetent liberals that he would not be able to get rid of.

    February 13, 2014 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  13. just asking

    The Real Tom Paine
    Oh, and trickle-down does not work, but targeted tax cuts do.
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    ohhhh, i understand now. when republicans cut taxes, it is trickle down economics that doesn't work. but when democrats cut taxes, it is 'targeted' and good. too funny... how did those targeted breaks to bogus green energy companies work out?

    February 13, 2014 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  14. The Real Tom Paine

    -it must be said

    I wasn't aware that Trump had announced he was running for Governor of NY. Until he does that, why bother with these idiotic polls?

    I don't think Trump would not do well as a Governor of a blue state like NY because the government has to be stacked to the ceiling with incompetent liberals that he would not be able to get rid of
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    Are you referring to the State Senate, that has been GOP for most of the last 70 years? Please remember that , until recently, the state congressional delegation was split pretty much 50-50 beeen the aprties until about 10 years ago. The GOP has made itself irrelevant by leaving behind long-standing members in favor of ideological purity.

    February 13, 2014 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  15. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Where's Our $24 Billion?

    Well, when you're the #1 Birther in the country, you can expect high unfavorable ratings.

    February 13, 2014 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  16. Wake up People!

    Still waiting on that big reveal Trump regarding President Obama's birth certificate..... You know the thing that would ensure a win for Mittens? Still waiting Trump the chump. Btw, where is YOUR birth certificate??

    Oh yeah, and any tips on filing for bankruptcy and still being rich would be greatly appreciated.

    February 13, 2014 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  17. Tom

    First, Donald Trump isn't running for anything. This is just another chapter in his never-ending self-promotion campaign. Second, duh. Coumo would trounce Trump, and he wouldn't have to close any bridges to do it. Trump is an unelectable wind-bag.

    February 13, 2014 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  18. Ron L

    CNN believe me when I say this, you are being duped by a person who has NO INTENTION of ever running for public office. WHY?? Because he would be humiliated by losing, BADLY!! Most Americans view him as what he is, an egomaniac that just loves the attention you and the rest of the news media gives him. He may function very well in a Private organization with his NAME on top, but the political sphere is quite different and I don't think he could adapt to it if he was ever elected.

    February 13, 2014 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  19. The Real Tom Paine

    just asking

    The Real Tom Paine
    Oh, and trickle-down does not work, but targeted tax cuts do.

    ohhhh, i understand now. when republicans cut taxes, it is trickle down economics that doesn't work. but when democrats cut taxes, it is 'targeted' and good. too funny... how did those targeted breaks to bogus green energy companies work out?
    *************************************
    The trickle-down is one of the major factors in producing the debt we are struggling with: if you can't grasp that connection, then you are either ideologically blind or stupid. You can't offer a tax break to everything under the sun and expect revenues to stay constant, especially if the economy is struggling. If the tax breaks in NY work, there will be a much broader tax base in a decade, one that will be used to keep the infrastructure of the state and the municipalities going. It does mean that property taxes in NY will probaly shoot up to cover the difference in the short term, or did you really think there would be no increases to offset the loss for the state? If its cut somewhere, it will eb made up soemwhere else: fact of life.

    February 13, 2014 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  20. Fair is Fair

    The Real Tom Paine

    The trickle-down is one of the major factors in producing the debt we are struggling with: if you can't grasp that connection, then you are either ideologically blind or stupid. You can't offer a tax break to everything under the sun and expect revenues to stay constant, especially if the economy is struggling. If the tax breaks in NY work, there will be a much broader tax base in a decade, one that will be used to keep the infrastructure of the state and the municipalities going. It does mean that property taxes in NY will probaly shoot up to cover the difference in the short term, or did you really think there would be no increases to offset the loss for the state? If its cut somewhere, it will eb made up soemwhere else: fact of life.
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    NY's model is interesting, but risky. Statistics (in the public domain) show that fewer than 44% of businesses make it through the first 4 years and a smaller number could be expected to make it to the point (10 years) where NY would be collecting any revenue. It's a throw of the dice on NY's part and one cannot help but wonder if it's a wise approach.

    February 13, 2014 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  21. wendel

    Trump running?? sounds like something the republican circus would do. They must all be crazy. to filibuster or not to filibuster??? This is like watching a not very good circus full of fat old clowns. What a waste of tax payers money these guys are.

    February 13, 2014 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  22. neillevine3

    Only the final total counts

    February 13, 2014 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  23. PK

    You think republican reps are nuts!, What does that tell you about the portion of the country that voted them all in. Drive around red states not through them. There is a hole portion of the country that is getting bad water.

    February 13, 2014 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  24. luc

    when is Trump going to ask Ted Cruz where he was born. Before or after Ted renounces his birth place of Canada. Can't wait for Trumps response it should be epic. They are probably trying to figure out how Cruz can run for the POTUS LOL

    February 13, 2014 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  25. Solomon Walker

    I don't know if Andrew Cuomo is much better...but would someone please put Donald Trump in jail?
    Thanks!

    February 13, 2014 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
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