New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has a sizable lead over his Republican challenger, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino in this Wall Street Journal/NBC 4 NY/Marist Poll. Cuomo is advantaged by strong support from his Democratic base, in addition, to leading among independents and even attracting a notable proportion of Republicans. Despite voters’ lingering concerns about the economy, Astorino has had difficulty getting traction. A majority of voters do not have an opinion of him, and those who do, divide. Governor Cuomo even outperforms his challenger among voters who see the state as still needing major changes or who see taxes or economic development as the top state priority.
“The combination of Cuomo’s standing and voters’ lack of familiarity with Astorino has resulted in a lopsided contest for governor in this Democratic state,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. “Getting well known requires a lot of resources which will be more than matched by the governor’s war chest.”
Voters’ Impressions of the Governor Account for Wide Lead
Economy Still Top Challenge
Voters point to a number of economic issues when asked about their top priority for the state. Jobs, economic development, and taxes are three of the top four issues cited. Education ranks second, overall.
For more analysis see Lee Miringoff’s blog, “Incumbent Cuomo Favored by Those Who Want Change.”