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Polls: Cuomo, Schneiderman, DiNapoli maintain leads

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Governor Andrew Cuomo holds a news conference on a subway platform, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. Credit: AP / Mark Lennihan

ALBANY -- A statewide poll shows Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is still leading in his re-election bid, while fellow Democrat Eric T. Schneiderman is hearing footsteps in the attorney general race and Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli maintains a comfortable edge.

The Siena College Research Institute poll released Friday found Cuomo had a 56-27 percent lead over Republican Rob Astorino. But the poll also found just 42 percent of likely voters thought Cuomo was doing a good or excellent job, compared with 56 percent who felt he was doing a fair or poor job.

In addition, fewer likely voters -- 55 percent -- had a favorable view of the Democrat, down from 63 percent in June.

"The governor has taken some hits, he's picked up some bruises and wounds in the primary and the general election," said Steven Greenberg of the Siena poll. "But none of them is fatal, at least so far."

Cuomo blamed his slip on voters becoming more partisan during a campaign season, on negative TV campaign ads, on a sluggish national economy, and on fears of terrorism.

"Times are not good and the executive becomes a sort of barometer of the times," Cuomo told public radio's "The Capitol Pressroom" Friday.

Astorino had a 29 percent favorability rating, and 40 percent of those polled said they didn't know enough about the Westchester County executive to have an opinion.

"It must be noted that in the last two polls Andrew Cuomo is under 50 percent with a majority of New Yorkers disapproving of his job performance," said Astorino spokeswoman Jessica Proud.

In the attorney general's race between Schneiderman and Republican John Cahill, "Cahill has cut what was a large 27-point Schneiderman lead in August to a 16-point lead with still more than five weeks until Election Day," Greenberg said.

Schneiderman leads Cahill 50 percent to 34 percent.

"The Siena poll confirms what we know, that John Cahill is closing fast on Eric Schneiderman's listless campaign about nothing," said David Catalfamo, spokesman for Cahill, a former top aide to Gov. George Pataki.

Throughout his term, Schneiderman has registered low name recognition among New Yorkers. But he sought to start to change that with his first campaign ad on TV this week.

"This week we started talking directly to voters about Attorney General Schneiderman's record of winning historic settlements from the big banks that wrecked our economy, cracking down on public corruption and providing bulletproof vests to cops," said campaign spokesman Peter Ajemian.

Comptroller DiNapoli, meanwhile, held a 56-27 percent lead over Republican Bob Antonacci, the Onondaga County comptroller. DiNapoli has held a steady lead since June, when he had a 59-27 percent advantage.

The poll questioned 809 likely voters Sept. 18-23 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.

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