[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/03/12/art.cuomo0715.gi.jpg caption ="According to a new poll, New York voters want Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo to explain how he will fix the state’s budget problems."](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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