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Poll: Cuomo sees a bump as state and campaign TV ads hit air (Updates)

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on April 14, 2014

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on April 14, 2014 in Syracuse. Photo Credit: Office of the Governor / Darren McGee

(Updates with quote from poll spokesman, formal title of polling agency and spokesman.)

ALBANY -- A recent poll shows Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has stemmed a slide in popularity since January when state-funded TV ads as well as his own campaign ads began to hit the air.

The Siena College Research Institute poll shows 63 percent of New Yorkers have a favorable view of the Democrat, up from 57 percent in March.

That number is driven by Democratic support. While 72 percent of Democrats have a favorable view of Cuomo; 52 percent of Republicans have an unfavorable view of him.

The poll also shows 49 percent of New Yorkers now think Cuomo is doing a good or excellent job, up from 45 percent in April and 46 percent in March.

Poll spokesman Steven Greenberg notes that Cuomo’s rise appears to be the result of TV ads Cuomo has run since January. The Cuomo administration has spent $15.2 million in public money since December to promote the governor’s Start-Up New York program which offers employers 10 years’ of tax-free operation to move to or expand in the state. The ads proclaim New York is now open for business.

"His favorability, job performance and re-elect ratings are the best they've been since January," Greenberg said.

“Andrew Cuomo is spending taxpayer money on thinly-veiled campaign ads for himself,” said state Republican chairman Ed Cox. He said Monday that Cuomo is “ignoring the fact that New York ranks dead last amongst the fifty states in economic outlook, property taxes, retirement climate and out-migration."

In addition, Cuomo’s campaign has spent millions more this year as he faces a challenge from Republican Rob Astorino.

The poll also showed 57 percent of New Yorkers would re-elect Cuomo today, compared to 50 percent in April.

There was no immediate comment from Cuomo or his campaign. Astorino didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

The poll questioned 835 voters between June 8 and 12 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.

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