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Poll: Cuomo still comfortably ahead of Nixon

Poll: Cuomo still comfortably ahead of Nixon

Poll: Cuomo still comfortably ahead of Nixon
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo gives his 2018-19 budget address in Albany.

With the New York Democratic Primary looming on Thursday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has extended his lead over challenger Cynthia Nixon, according to the latest Siena Research Institute Poll released Monday morning.

Cuomo held a 63-22 percent lead over Nixon as of last week, according to a survey of registered Democratic voters conducted between Sept. 4 and Sept. 7. That was up from a 60-29 margin at the end of July. Cuomo's favorability rating was at 68 percent-24 percent among survey respondents last week. That was up from 67-29 percent in July, while Nixon's favorability rating has slipped from 43-30 percent to 41-33 percent.

"Cuomo has expanded his 2-to-1 lead in July and now seems poised to overwhelm Nixon in Thursday's Democratic primary," said Siena College pollster Steve Greenberg. "With a lead of nearly 40 points among all likely voters, Cuomo has a lead of at least 20 points in every demographic group and leads by 30 points in every region of the state."

The race for the Democratic nomination for attorney general is much closer, as Sean Patrick Maloney has the support of 25 percent of likely Democrats, followed by Letitia James at 24 percent and Zephyr Teachout at 18 percent.

"With nearly one-third of likely Democratic primary voters still undecided just days before they go to the polls, the race for the Democratic nomination for attorney general is going down to the wire with Maloney, James and Teachout, all within striking distance of each other," said Greenberg. "It comes down to two issues: who can bring undecided voters into their column and which campaign does a better job of turning out its supporters."

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul leads New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams by a 43-21 percent margin, according to Monday's Siena College poll, which was conducted by telephone in English with 509 likely New York State Democratic primary voters. It has an overall margin of error of 4.3 percentage points.


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