LOUDONVILLE — A new Siena poll released Wednesday shows New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and President Donald Trump gaining support among New York voters, while the Attorney General race remains open with none of the candidates being widely known among general election voters.
Facing a primary challenge from New York City Democrat Cynthia Nixon, Cuomo boasted strong support among New York Democrats with a 61-26 percent lead over the former "Sex in the City" star, up from 58-27 percent from Siena's April poll.
“Nixon has a lot of catching up to do to make this race competitive," Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg said in a statement. "Cuomo is well known and well liked by New York Democrats. Although similar percentages of Democrats view Cuomo and Nixon unfavorably, Cuomo has a significantly larger percentage of Democrats viewing him favorably."
While Cuomo had a much narrower 47-39 percent lead upstate, the region only accounted for one-third of the 2014 primary vote.
There was no gender gap favoring Nixon in the Siena poll, and Cuomo lead among black voters 74-17 percent.
As for the general election, Republican gubernatorial candidate and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro remained unknown to two-thirds of likely voters, trailing Governor Cuomo by 56-37 percent.
Molinaro also has a lot of work to do if he wants to be the first Republican to win statewide in 16 years. Molinaro has an 18-11 percent favorability rating, with 71 percent of likely voters unable to offer an opinion about him,” Greenberg said.
President Trump, meanwhile, was still underwater in his favorability rating at 38-59 percent among likely voters, up from negative 31-65 percent among registered voters in April. His job performance was 36-63 percent, up from negative 27-71 percent in April.
“Although he remains significantly underwater with voters in his home state, Trump has the best favorability and job performance ratings he’s had since assuming office,” Greenberg said in his statement. “He is viewed favorably by 68 percent of Republicans – almost two-thirds of whom also give him a positive job performance rating – while being viewed unfavorably by 82 percent of Democrats and 54 percent of independents."
Name recognition proved to be the biggest obstacle facing candidates in the Democratic Primary for New York's Attorney General race, with 47 percent of likely voters unable to provide an opinion on any of the candidates. The poll was taken before Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney entered the race.
“While none of the three Democratic women running for Attorney General is widely known among likely general election voters, [New York City Public Advocate Letitia] James and [former gubernatorial candidate and lawyer Zephyr] Teachout have the strongest favorability ratings among Democratic voters,” Greenberg said. “Due to her strength in New York City where she has a large lead, garnering 45 percent support, James has the early lead among Democrats with 28 percent support, compared to Teachout’s 18 percent and Eve’s four percent. Nearly half of Democrats say they are still undecided. And that’s before Maloney enters the mix."
Former Democratic Attorney General Eric Schneiderman saw his approval drop 43 points to 21-44 percent from the April poll.
The poll was taken between June 4 through June 7 among 745 New York State likely voters with a 3.7 percent margin of error.