ALBANY Two new polls have Gov. Andrew Cuomo easily defeating Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino in a possible 2014 showdown, with both showing the Democratic incumbent with more than a 2-to-1 advantage over his potential Republican rival.
Cuomo garnered 56 percent support in a Quinnipiac University poll Tuesday, compared to Astorino's 25 percent. In a Wall Street Journal/NBC New York 4/Marist College survey, Cuomo nabbed 53 percent of New York voters, with Astorino garnering 23 percent.
Astorino said he will wait until next year to decide whether he'll run against Cuomo, but the polls showed he would have plenty of ground to make up in a potential matchup.
Meanwhile, Quinnipiac showed a jump in Cuomo's job-approval rating to 62 percent favorable, up 9 points from June, when he was at the lowest level of his first term. His personal favorability rating was 55 percent, according to the poll, while Astorino was unknown to 84 percent of New York voters.
Marist showed Cuomo with a 52 percent job-approval rating, while a Siena College survey showed him with a 44 percent positive rating last week.
"Gov. Andrew Cuomo has much for which to be thankful," Quinnipiac pollster Maurice Carroll said in a statement. "The only thing better than lots of opponents is an unknown opponent. The Democratic governor scores a demographic sweep, except among Republicans."
The polls are the latest in a string of surveys showing Cuomo with a strong lead in a hypothetical matchup against Astorino, who was recently re-elected to a second term.
President Barack Obama's job-approval rating dropped to within two points of his all-time low in New York, with 47 approving and 49 disapproving of his work, according to Quinnipiac. His rating is significantly higher in New York City — where he's approved by 65 percent of voters — than it is upstate and in the city's suburbs, where 57 percent and 64 percent disapprove of him, respectively.