A day after two polls came out showing ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s once-commanding lead in the comptroller’s race had vanished, another new poll tells quite a different story.
A New York Times poll released today found that Mr. Spitzer is still leading his opponent, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, 50 to 35 percent among likely voters–a far cry from yesterday’s Quinnipiac poll, showing them tied, and another, from amNewYork and News 12 Long Island, showing them locked in a dead heat less than two weeks before the September 10 Democratic primary.
A Sienna College poll found that Governor Andrew Cuomo remains overwhelmingly popular among registered voters in New York, with a solid 73% approval rating. Numbers that high are rarely attainable for high-profile elected officials, yet Governor Cuomo has held these sorts of high approval ratings since he took office last year.
“After a little more than a year in office, the Governor may not be a newlywed anymore, but his honeymoon with voters continues stronger than ever,” Siena pollster Steve Greenberg said in a release. “Cuomo’s favorability rating tops 70 percent in every region of the state and his job performance rating is at least 60 percent in every region. While it’s not surprising that he does best with Democrats, he is stronger with Republicans than with independent voters in both rating.”
On the heels of a productive session in Albany, a Siena Poll released this morning showed voters are more optimistic about state government, even as they remain divided about hydrofracking in the Marcellus Shale.
A majority of voters say the recent session moved the state forward, and nearly half said the state legislature had become less dysfunctional.
A majority of New York State voters say they support capping property taxes at 2 percent and are less likely to vote for a legislator who opposes it, according to a new Siena poll out this morning.
The same goes for requiring full disclosure of legislators’ outside income.
But voters are less strident in their support for two other initiatives being pushed by Governor Cuomo: requiring an independent panel draw legislative lines, and legalizing same-sex marriage.
Cuomo–who has a 71-20 favorability rating in the poll, higher than anyone else in the state–has said he wants a property tax cap and ethics reform passed by the end of the legislative session on June 20, which he called “D-Day” for state government. (The governor has been pushing for same-sex marriage before the end of the session, but has said he does not favor bringing the bill for a vote, unless he believes the votes are there to pass it.)
Here are the numbers:
71-22: capping property taxes
80-14: full disclosure of legislators outside income
Politico has the scoop on a new internal poll out from the Kathy Hochul campaign which shows the Erie County Democrat in a dead heat for a race in an open Congressional seat against Republican Jane Corwin.
According to the poll, by Global Strategy Group, Corwin has 31 percent of the vote while Hochul grabs 30 percent. Independent candidate Jack Davis has 26 percent.
The race is to replace Christopher Lee, who resigned when half-nude photos of himself that he used to solicit dates onlines surfaced. The district is heavily Republican leaning one, but the presence of Davis has given Democrats an opening.
The poll is an internal one, and so should be taken with a grain of salt but is not different from a Siena poll taken last week which showed Corwin with a five point lead over Hochul.