(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.
Of course Cuomo will win. He's a communist and perfect for New York! Trump should sell his assets there and build Trump Tower in a capitalist friendly state- maybe in Austin, TX !!!
Anyone who actually believed that Trump ever intended to run for President should be deemed incapable of handling their own affairs, let alone voting. BTW, I understand that Trump's detectives that he "sent" to Hawaii have never been heard from since-actually, they were never heard of before but Trump knows his "base" and imaginary detectives play an important role in Trumpworld.
Whenever Donald Trump wants publicity he threatens to run for some office. First it was for President and now it's Governor of New York. When will the media quit taking these attention seeking ploys seriously?
Cuomo , or for that matter Al Sharpton would win governor of NY. Any democrat would win. George Wallace would beat Lincoln in NY.
I'll be happy when Cuomo trumps Clinton-if that happens, there will be a choice next election.
Are you kidding me. For the sake of the working man and woman, lets hope that this trumped up poll is incorrect. I do not believe that Cuomo has a chance if Trump runs!!
The New Yorkers I know like a joke as much as anyone. But Trump?
Trump isn't 'running' for anything except about a billion dollars of free publicity. He's done it a half dozen times before and he'll do it another half dozen times through 2016.
Trump is a old irrelevant nobody. Everyone is tired of his insecure need for constant attention and his pretense of how rich he really isn't. He is not a leader but a bully. Such people never should be in position of dealing with the public and especially in governing.
Republicans are bad enough right with absolutely no concern for the People and only taking actions that hurt the nation. They are against everything but stand for nothing. Republicans have betrayed the trust of the People in exchange for corporate cash and election buying.
We need to stand up and vote all Republicans out from states to national seats to bring back our voice to governing and the "We the People" rights they have taken away. VOTE in November and let's end the rule of corporations and their Republican puppets over our lives.
New York is dying a fast death. Keeping taxing the people to death and there will not be a New York. Can't wait.
Trump might as well just wear clown makeup, such is the level for his perceived gravitas.