Gov. Andrew Cuomo continues to receive high marks from New York voters, with 63 percent approving of his job performance seven months before he’s up for re-election, according to a new poll.
A Quinnipiac University poll Thursday found 62 percent said Cuomo is “honest and trustworthy,” compared to 30 percent who said he’s not. Three-quarters of voters said Cuomo has “strong leadership qualities.”
According to the survey, he holds a lead of more than 2-to-1 over two of his potential Republican opponents — Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and celebrity billionaire Donald Trump.
“Take your pick: Gov. Andrew Cuomo, an opponent nobody knows or an opponent nobody likes,” Quinnipiac pollster Maurice Carroll said in a statement. “It comes out the same either way: Gov. Cuomo trounces Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, the unknown, or Donald Trump, the unliked.”
Sixty-three percent of voters backed Cuomo in a hypothetical matchup against Trump, the host of NBC’s “The Apprentice” who had support from 26 percent.
Astorino garnered 24 percent of voters’ support when matched up with Cuomo, who took 58 percent, Quinnipiac found.
But the poll showed a significant difference between Astorino and Trump when examining the electorate’s feelings about each potential candidate. A total of 87 percent had an opinion on Trump, with 60 percent viewing him unfavorably.
Astorino, on the other hand, is largely unknown around the state, with 86 percent of those polled saying they haven’t heard enough about him to have an opinion.
No Republican has formally declared a challenge to Cuomo, though Astorino has set up an “Astorino for Governor” campaign fundraising account. Trump has said he will only run if Astorino doesn’t and Republican leaders unanimously support him.
Fifty-nine percent of voters said they view Cuomo favorably, while 28 percent said they have an unfavorable opinion of him.
Quinnipiac polled 1,488 state voters between Feb. 6 and 10, according to the survey. It carries a margin of error of 2.5 percentage points.