Poll: Cuomo with 37 point lead
July 21st, 2014
08:33 AM ET
2 months ago

Poll: Cuomo with 37 point lead

(CNN) - You don't see poll numbers like this very often.

With three and a half months until Election Day, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York has a 37-percentage point lead over his GOP opponent, according to a new Siena College survey.

The poll, released Monday, also indicates that nearly half of New Yorkers want the implementation of Common Core standards stopped rather than continued.

According to the survey, 60% of likely Empire State voters say they're backing Cuomo, with 23% supporting Republican Rob Astorino, and 17% undecided or backing someone else.

More than six in ten say they have a favorable rating of Cuomo, with half saying they approve of the job he's doing in office. By a 54%-38% margin, voters say they are prepared to re-elect Cuomo to a second term in Albany.

Astorino has a 20%-19% favorable/unfavorable rating, with more than six in ten having no opinion.

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"With a little more than a hundred days until voters go to the polls, Astorino has a gigantic hole to climb out of to even make the race for governor competitive. Cuomo currently has the support of 80 percent of Democrats, 56 percent of independents and 32 percent of Republicans. Cuomo's lead among independents is larger than the lead Astorino has among Republicans," said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg. "Cuomo's lead among likely voters is 76 points in New York City, 29 points in the downstate suburbs and 15 points upstate."

Cuomo held a 59%-24% lead over Astorino in a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC 4 New York/Marist Poll.

Opt out of Common Core?

By a 49%-39% margin, New York voters want to see implementation of the Common Core standards stopped rather than continued. The standards apply to students in kindergarten through 12th grade in the subjects of language arts/literacy and math. Since 2010, more than 40 states have signed on to the initiative, which is sponsored in part by the National Governors Association. But many conservatives nationwide are opposed to the standards, and some states are opting out of Common Core.

"While a majority of New York City voters and a plurality of Democrats think Common Core standards should continue to be implemented, a majority of Republicans, independents and upstaters, and a plurality of downstate suburbanites think implementation should be stopped. A majority of white voters want implementation stopped, a majority of black voters want implementation continued, and Hispanic voters are evenly divided," Greenberg added.

The Siena College Poll was conducted July 13-16, with 774 likely 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


Filed under: 2014 • Andrew Cuomo • New York
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Gov. Cuomo's Republican opponent, Astorino, is your typical, promise breaking conservative who engages in using his office to reward political supporters. Astorino is currently the County Executive of Westchester Country, which lies directly north of The Bronx. Westchester has been known as "the country" by some city mice. You should see the list of people and relatives that Astorino has hired with six digit salaries, which he did after slashing the budget and laying off dozens. Why would you need to grow the size of the executive branch, by a half dozen people at a cost of nearly a million dollars annually, when you're cutting the size of the county workforce? Typical crony capitalist conservative.

    July 21, 2014 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    NY has no ability to think for themselves. They have become part of the collective of anti-Americanism in this country.

    July 21, 2014 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  3. Gurgyl

    –I like Andrew. Period. He is a very nice guy.

    July 21, 2014 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  4. 2L

    I don't understand the opposition to common core – it goes back to basics and focuses on just a few subjects so students have more opportunity to master those subjects that are needed to be productive. Wasn't that the problem? Students studying too many subjects at the same time so they didn't have a grasp of any of them.

    July 21, 2014 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  5. king

    some americans are slowly opening their eyes of the smoke the repub like to blow on people. the trickle down sideway to china and india doesnt work. the middleclass is the key for our country's success and cuomo is on point in what hes doing in that sector

    July 21, 2014 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    "With a little more than a hundred days until voters go to the polls, Astorino has a gigantic hole to climb out of to even make the race for governor competitive."

    Looks as if there isn't a GOPer ladder long enough to help get him to the top of that hole, let alone out of it.

    July 21, 2014 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    2L wrote:

    I don't understand the opposition to common core – it goes back to basics and focuses on just a few subjects so students have more opportunity to master those subjects that are needed to be productive. Wasn't that the problem? Students studying too many subjects at the same time so they didn't have a grasp of any of them.
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    If you do not understand the opposition, then you truly do not understand the right wing. Money. It's always all about the money, and it always will be. Any argument that dismantles our public schools systems and privatizes them is sufficient. Any argument that dismantles our public school systems, and taking out the teachers' unions in the process is sufficient. Any short term argument that deflects attention away from the actual long term goal turning the power of government over to private control is sufficient.

    July 21, 2014 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  8. Fair is Fair

    Gurgyl

    –I like Andrew. Period. He is a very nice guy.
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    Next time you see him tell him I said "Hi"

    July 21, 2014 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  9. salty dog

    The people like him, the gop hates him, all is well in the universe.

    July 21, 2014 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    king

    some americans are slowly opening their eyes of the smoke the repub like to blow on people. the trickle down sideway to china and india doesnt work. the middleclass is the key for our country's success and cuomo is on point in what hes doing in that sector
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    No, he's not. But, Astorino is a hard line conservative, one who walks and talks like a Tea Party extremist. For years and years Westchester Country had banned gun shows at the county owned County Center. Astorino dropped the ban.

    Anyone remember the incident of the newspaper publishing the addresses of gun license holders? That happened up North there in Westchester. Astorino wants to roll back gun laws in New York, privatize education, and favors the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. I'm surprised that Sarah Palin hasn't shown up yet in support of the guy.

    July 21, 2014 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  11. Malory Archer

    Fair is Fair
    Gurgyl

    –I like Andrew. Period. He is a very nice guy.
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    Next time you see him tell him I said "Hi"

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    And Governor Cuomo will ask, "Who?"

    July 21, 2014 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Lynda/Minnesota

    "With a little more than a hundred days until voters go to the polls, Astorino has a gigantic hole to climb out of to even make the race for governor competitive."

    Looks as if there isn't a GOPer ladder long enough to help get him to the top of that hole, let alone out of it.
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    I don't think Astorino is a widely recognized name across the state. He's a one term County Executive, who was re-elected last fall on the promise that he wasn't eying the governor's office. He's undertaking the noble effort of running against Cuomo to save the state. Yeah, he's one of those.

    I should point out that the crony capitalist hosted the state convention that nominated him in Westchester. Astorino is not a man of his word. He promised tax cuts, but has instead produced layoffs of unionized workers. He has given millions to support the formerly country owned and run hospital, which was privatized in the late 1990s by a Republican county executive. He has been fighting the federal government over affordable housing in some of the more exclusive communities, at the expense of fines and the forfeiture of federal grants to the more needy communities. He's the real deal, a true Yankee conservative.

    July 21, 2014 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  13. SimplyPut

    As a former NY resident, take my advice and stay as FAR AWAY from New York state as you can. It is nothing but a state of high taxes, few job opportunities, strict unconstitutional laws, a high number of welfare dependents and an open door to illegal immigrants. In other words, it is a Liberal's paradise.

    July 21, 2014 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  14. Chris..E.al

    A.C is just selling snake oil when they are in need of a cure the place is a wreak and it stinks of sewage

    July 21, 2014 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  15. salty dog

    Let me guess, the welfare recipients right? Why is it so hard for the rwnj to realize, maybe, just maybe people are waking up the lying, greedy gop. Seriously though, how the gop survives I often wonder, when we all know, if people vote, they loose, everytime, get out and vote!

    July 21, 2014 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  16. Rudy NYC

    SimplyPut

    As a former NY resident, take my advice and stay as FAR AWAY from New York state as you can. It is nothing but a state of high taxes, few job opportunities, strict unconstitutional laws, a high number of welfare dependents and an open door to illegal immigrants. In other words, it is a Liberal's paradise.
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    New York does have some of the highest taxes in the nation. One reason for that is the small return on the federal taxes that New Yorkers pay the IRS. Astorino, who has been County Executive of the county with the highest property taxes in the nation, has yet to produce his promised tax cuts.

    Why has New York City and its' surrounding suburgs become a hot spot for illegal workers? Because so many of its' wealthy, conservative elite hire them as private laborers, as gardeners, maids, and for other unskilled tasks. Small business owners love the cheap labor, too. It has strained the housing markets in and around the city.

    July 21, 2014 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  17. Ol' Yeller

    Ah... if only the red states would open their eyes and see the light, the whole country could move forward and be actually free... not faux news 'free' ...which is more like a 'freedom for the rich' and slavery for the poor' type system. They go on like if you are white you won't be a slave. too... but there actual plan is to get the poor (and by poor, I mean not rich) ignorant whites to stay on board and vote it in, and then inform them they are slaves also. So far, they are going 'right' along with it. So the only consolation if they succeed, will be to see the stupid looks on thier faces as they are shuffled off to the corporate towns to live in corporate houses and shop in corporate stores while the corporate bosses use our Constituion to light their big fat ceegars and laugh at the ignorant rubes who allowed them to take over.

    Only porblem... they are taking us along with them.
    Go vote people.

    July 21, 2014 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  18. Lynda/Minnesota

    "I don't think Astorino is a widely recognized name across the state."

    I don't think so either. And, thank you for the information. Regardless of this poll, I assumed it was a given that Cuomo would be reelected when my father in law visited over the July 4th weekend and never once mentioned New York politics. Indeed. He NEVER mentioned politics of any sort. Either he's mellowed over the years, or as a recipient of a public servant pension and now married to a public education teacher receiving a high end salary, he's begun to understand what side of his bread is being buttered ... and by who.

    July 21, 2014 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  19. salty dog

    Spot on ole yeller, I've said it for years, I told the working white guys that, one day you will wake to find yourself with the same rights as the minorities you were OK with losing their rights. The only use the gop has for the middle class is to assume the taxes the rich will no longer pay, and now your poor to, yippie! They've told you what their plan is, Romney said what, 1.8% top tax rate, to be offset with unspecified loopholes, loved the loopholes wording, makes the brain dead Republican voters think he means for big business, and the rich, fools, its easy to say which ones, why Dodge the question mitt? Same reason he won't show you his amended tax return. Its the deductions many working class take, like mortgage interest deduction, that's a big one, and a huge help, I know its the only time I itemized my deductions. And if course tax your 401 k, your employer healthcare contribution, eliminate earned income credit, which gets spent, and helps the economy.

    July 21, 2014 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  20. ge

    looks like American ruling families party the republicans can only lie so much.you can only send so much money to communist china before it starts hurting America

    July 21, 2014 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  21. Longtimer

    Rick McDaniel

    NY has no ability to think for themselves. They have become part of the collective of anti-Americanism in this country.
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    Too bad for the GOP that they cannot likely ever win the Presidency again without NY- and good for the rest of the nation.

    July 21, 2014 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  22. Jack

    I said since the emergence of neo pseudo conservatives(Tea Party) that this would happen.

    The conservative can't live in a world that tolerates others, theu self destruct every time. In 67 years I have seen it happen 4 times

    Congratulation Newt, you did it again!

    July 21, 2014 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  23. rs

    Mr. Cuomo is another Democrat who would make a great President. Perhaps in time....

    July 21, 2014 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  24. Silence DoGood

    The American People are starting to tire of the non-troversies and scary conspiracy theories of the Radical Right. The GOP pandered to them to get votes in the short term. Now they have to pay the piper.

    July 21, 2014 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  25. Thomas

    Rick McDaniel
    NY has no ability to think for themselves. They have become part of the collective of anti-Americanism in this country.

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    Unlike Florida ?
    Rick , where do you come up with anti Americanism ?

    July 21, 2014 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
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