A Quinnipiac University poll this morning shows Attorney General Andrew Cuomo more than 2-to-1 lead over his Republican rivals in a gubernatorial matchup and has a whopping 74 percent job-approval rating.
Forty percent of Republican voters are undecided headed into a likely GOP primary for governor, the poll found, but Rick Lazio leads the group with 34 percent, and Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino and Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy, each with 11 percent.
The Quinnipiac poll said Cuomo has huge leads against them all. Maybe it has to do with the fact that he’s his own public-relations machine.
Against Lazio, Cuomo had a 55 percent to 26 percent lead. Against Paladino, Cuomo had a 60 percent to 24 percent lead. Against Levy, Cuomo had a 57 percent to 24 percent lead.
“None of the Republican wannabes draws more than the generic Republican vote against Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, but let’s see what happens when we have a campaign,” said Quinnipiac pollster Maurice Carroll.
The poll found U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand with a 47 percent to 25 percent approval rating and gave her a 37 percent to 23 percent favorability rating — the highest she’s had since he was named senator by Gov. David Paterson in January 2009.
Still, the poll showed that Gov. George Pataki would have a lead on Gillibrand in a potential matchup this year, leading 45 percent to 40 percent.
As for Paterson, he had a disapproval rating of 65 percent to 25 percent — tying the worst rating since he took office in March 2008. Still, like prior polls, 62 percent said he should serve a full term rather than resign amid three investigations into his administration.
The poll was conducted April 6-11 to 1,381 registered voters. It had a margin of error of 2.6 percentage points.