(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.
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.