Voters prefer Clinton over Cuomo for 2016 Prez run

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (Getty Images)

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (Getty Images) (Credit: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (Getty Images))

The 2016 presidential race may seem like light-years away, but New Yorkers apparently don't want the governor to quit his day job and head to Washington. Instead they want Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to take another stab at the Oval Office.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has a 73% approval rating with both Democrats and Republicans giving him high marks, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.

Despite the bipartisan thumbs up, only 36% of voters want Cuomo to run for president in 2016.

Former Gov. Mario Cuomo told supporters a few weeks ago that his son would make a good president, but most constituents aren't buying it, according to Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"New York voters don't accept 'father knows best' when it comes to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for president in 2016," he said in a statement.

But when it comes to Clinton, 61% of New Yorkers say she would make a good president and 54% choose her over Cuomo.

Political analyst Keli Goff said Clinton has the edge not only because she has more national recognition than the governor, but also because she had more years as a New York leader.

"It's not surprising that New Yorkers who have experience of her representing the state first-hand still like her," Goff said.

Robert Y. Shapiro, a political science professor at Columbia University, agreed, but said that Cuomo could still become more popular over time.

"Cuomo is still an up-and-comer in the party," he said. "A lot of new Yorkers want to see him run his term and wait and see."

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