Cuomo Maintains Healthy Lead Over NixonPosted: Updated:
With just days to go, a poll shows Gov. Andrew Cuomo has a comfortable lead over his Democratic primary challenger.
A Siena College poll shows Cuomo leading former "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon by 41 points, 66 percent to 22 percent among likely Democratic voters.
The same poll shows the race is much tighter among those seeking the Democratic nomination for state attorney general.
The primary will be Thursday, September 13.
Cuomo's lead is up from 60 percent to 29 percent a Siena poll recorded at the end of July.
In terms of favorability, Cuomo’s rating stands at 68 to 24 percent, up from 67 to 29 percent in July. Nixon’s 41 to 33 percent favorability rating has slipped from 43 to 30 percent.
"With a lead of nearly 40 points among all likely voters, Cuomo has a lead of at least
20 points with every demographic group and leads by at least 30 points in every region of the state," Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg said.
"By 26-point margins, Democrats say Cuomo would be better than Nixon on improving public education and creating fair tax policies," he said. "They say he would be better on infrastructure, including mass transit, by 44 points."
The race for the Democratic nomination for attorney general is wide open as Representative Sean Patrick Maloney has the support of 25 percent of likely Democrats, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James has the support of 24 percent of likely voters, Zephyr Teachout has the support of 18 percent, and Leecia Eve trails far behind with 3 percent support.
With Maloney, James and Teachout within striking distance of each other, Greenberg said "it comes down to two issues: who can bring undecided voters into their column and which campaign does a better job of turning out its supporters."
One Democrat watching this race is Assemblywoman Addie Jenne, who is running for re-election against Republican challenger Mark Walczyk.
"I've been at odds with the governor on some things, but it just appears as though his opponent hasn't really been able to make the strides that she would need in order to be the Democrat's choice," said Jenne (D. - 116th District).
Polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m. across the north country Thursday.