New York Poll: Clinton yes, Cuomo no, on White House runs
December 5th, 2012
07:25 AM ET
10 years ago

New York Poll: Clinton yes, Cuomo no, on White House runs

(CNN) - A majority of New Yorkers say they would like to see Hillary Clinton run for president in 2016, according to a new poll.

And while a Siena College Research Institute survey indicates that most New Yorkers think that Andrew Cuomo, their governor, is doing a good job in office and are prepared to re-elect him in 2014, a plurality don't want him to run for the White House in 2016.

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According to the poll, which was released Wednesday, 75% of Empire State voters say they have a favorable impression of the soon-to-be-outgoing secretary of state, who represented her adopted home state of New York for eight years in the U.S. Senate. That's Clinton's highest favorable rating ever in a Siena survey.

By a 54%-39% margin, New Yorkers say she should run for president in four years. In 2008, then-Sen. Clinton lost an epic Democratic presidential nomination battle to then-Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois. Obama nominated Clinton as his secretary of state after winning the 2008 general election.

Clinton has repeatedly said that she intends to retire to private life once her successor as secretary of state is confirmed by the Senate, and she has added that another run for the White House is not in the cards for her.

"Look, I'm flattered. I am honored," she told CNN's Wolf Blitzer this year about calls by other Democrats for her to consider another run in 2016. "That is not in the future for me, but obviously I'm hoping that I'll get to cast my vote for a woman running for president of our country."

Cuomo, who was elected New York governor in 2010, has a 72% favorable rating, according to the poll, and 60% say he's doing an excellent or good job in office. Two-thirds of voters give him an excellent or good rating for his handling of Superstorm Sandy, which slammed into New York in late October, leaving parts of the state severely damaged. Sixty-two percent say they would re-elect Cuomo in 2014, when he's up for re-election as governor.

But only 39% of New York voters say Cuomo should run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, with 49% saying he should not make a White House bid.

Cuomo is thought to be considering a possible run in the next presidential campaign. He's the son of former three-term New York Governor Mario Cuomo, who considered and passed on a bid for president in 1992.

The Siena College Research Institute poll was conducted November 26-29, with 822 registered voters in New York State questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.

Filed under: 2016 • Andrew Cuomo • Hillary Clinton • New York • Polls
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    Yes, on Hillary.

    December 5, 2012 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  2. DENNA

    I hope Hillary does run. I believe that she would be a great president and Hillary, I think the vote you cast for a woman as president should be for you. You would definitely have my vote. In any case, thank you for your service and good luck. 🙂

    December 5, 2012 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  3. Al-NY,NY

    either of them would be easy victors over any GOP candidate

    December 5, 2012 08:24 am at 8:24 am |

    How many times does Hillary have to tell you?!?!? SHE IS NOT GOING T0 RUN
    it would be nice though. Who could stand in her way? If Hillary Clinton decided to run in 2016 she would face no opposition within the Democratic party and the GOtP doesn't have anybody who could stand against her. She would be an easy win in 2016. I believe that Hillary Clinton is choosing not to run because she thinks she is old and tired. Hillary Clinton SHOULD run because we want her to be President Of The United States Of America

    December 5, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  5. DJ

    I have never voted for a Republican candidate for president EVER. I will if Hillary is on the ticket.

    December 5, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  6. Steve, New York City

    The current Secretary of State, former NY Senator (even though she's from Arkansas) . . .
    I would rather see a 2016 president with new, fresh ideas, including a bipartisan approach . . . .and preferably SOMEONE not named Bush, Obama or Clinton (yes I know, the current POTUS cannot run).

    Bloomberg would be terrific, though not sure that he'd want to do it.

    December 5, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  7. Anonymous

    IF she chooses to run, which is not certain at this point, she'll drag this out for a few years. If she chooses not to run, she ought to say so now. This will she or won't she cat and mouse game is not appropriate for a presidential contender of her political stature and I for one am not going to spend my time feeding her ego by "convincing" her that she is invincible.

    December 5, 2012 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  8. Surfer George

    Not just New York!
    Hillary Clinton would be just the right President at just the right time.

    December 5, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  9. Larry in Houston

    WoW !! What a Photo !! CNN you've captured such a Great Photo of that Marvelous Magnificent former First Lady !! To be perfectly honest, she really IS Georgeous – but at the same time, she's probably the smartest not to mention the most popular person as far as Presidential material that this country's got. Quite frankly, The Democrats don't have anybody else, in 2016 – period. Soooooo, I guess we will end up getting a repuglican, by that time. Rest up Hillary, spend some Quality time with Bill – do stuff like us regular people do, go to movies / plays / go to some professional sports games / do some sight-seeing / & the list goes on.

    December 5, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  10. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    She has the experience that most people look for; the major concern is some of the bagage from her husband's presidency. That is what I feared during the 2008 primaries.

    December 5, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  11. Sorensen

    Hillary would be one of the best presidents ever. However, she deserves some peace and rest for now.
    Bloombergs idea of making her mayor of New York is ridiculous. That is a much smaller job than what she is doing now.
    He must have some Napoleon complex. By the way, any job that is for sale to the highest bidder, is ultimately a joke.
    Way, way below Hillary's level.

    December 5, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  12. Bill

    She will run and she will win. Period. It will be 2024 before the party of "No" has another shot at the White House. A Rubio/Ryan ticket? Wha ta joke.

    December 5, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |