Governor Andrew Cuomo; AP Photo
By Joseph Spector, Albany Bureau Chief
ALBANY -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo's job performance ratings are up, but New Yorkers aren't big on the idea of him running for president in 2016, a Siena College poll Wednesday found.
Cuomo had a resounding 72 percent favorability rating, up five percentage points from October, the poll found. While 62 percent of voters said they would vote to re-elect him in 2014, voters said by a 39 percent to 49 percent margin that Cuomo shouldn't run for the White House in 2016.
Voters had a different opinion of former U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton when it comes to 2016. Voters said 54 percent to 39 percent that Clinton, the current secretary of state and Chappaqua, Westchester County, resident, should run for president. New Yorkers also have a high opinion of Clinton: Her favorability was higher than Cuomo's at 75 percent, her highest ever in a Siena poll.
"And although the Iowa caucuses are more than three years away, a majority of New Yorkers, including more than two-thirds of Democrats, want to see their former Senator take the plunge and run," said Siena pollster Steven Greenberg. "The same is not true of Governor Cuomo."
As the state Senate moves to a coalition government between Senate Republicans and the five-member Independent Democratic Conference, voters don't seem to have an issue with it. Sixty-five percent of voters said they think it's OK for senators to switch allegiance and vote for the opposite party to control the Senate.
By 42 percent to 36 percent, voters support hydrofracking moving forward in parts of upstate, the same as a poll in October. Support was strongest in the New York City suburbs at 50 percent, but lowest in upstate at 39 percent, the poll found.
For more information on the poll, visit: http://www.siena.edu/sri