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Poll: Cuomo's standing solid, but down a bit

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Feb. 12.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Feb. 12. 2014/ Photo Credit: AP / Mike Groll

ALBANY -- Although Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo remains in a solid position in the latest poll, he's taken a rare slide since January in this re-election year.

Monday's Siena College poll showed the Democrat's favorability rating was 57 percent, down from 66 percent in January; 45 percent of voters now rate his job performance as good or excellent compared to 54 percent in January, and 50 percent are ready to re-elect him now, compared to 57 percent in January.

The reasons weren't clear, but Cuomo has reversed brief declines in past polls and has more than $33 million in campaign cash to do it again.

Cuomo may have been hurt by his March 31 deal to disband his anti-corruption Moreland Commission after the State Legislature agreed to many of the changes in bribery and ethics laws he unsuccessfully sought a year before. Key among them was creating of a new investigator for the state Board of Elections and a new member to provide a tie-breaking vote on the board long gridlocked by a partisan split.

The poll showed 58 percent of New Yorkers felt it was a "bad compromise that didn't do enough to end corruption," said Steven Greenberg of the Siena College poll. The poll found 84 percent of New Yorkers believe corruption in Albany is still a very serious or somewhat serious problem.

Cuomo declined comment.

"It's all a fraud," responded his opponent, Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino. "Quarter measures at best, designed to hit poll-tested buzzwords without changing a thing."

The poll showed Astorino's favorable-unfavorable rating was 18-16, with 66 percent of voters saying they didn't know enough about him or had no opinion.

In the political battleground of New York City's northern suburbs and on Long Island, Cuomo is viewed favorably by a 56-39 percent margin. In the same area, Astorino is viewed favorably by 23 percent, unfavorably by 19 percent, and unknown to 58 percent.

The poll also showed that Cuomo, who brought gay marriage and a tougher gun control law to New York, could lose some support from liberals.

Siena's Greenberg said more than 30 percent of Democrats, self-described liberals, union households, New York City residents and African-American voters said they would support a hypothetical candidate from the liberal Working Families Party for governor.

Overall, 65 percent of liberals said they are ready to re-elect Cuomo.

Astorino's favorable-unfavorable rating was 18-16, with 66 percent of voters saying they didn't know enough about him or had no opinion, the poll said.

The poll questioned 772 registered voters April 12-17 and has margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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