Siena College Poll: Cuomo's Lead Over Molinaro NarrowsPosted: Updated:
Just days before the election, a new Siena College poll shows Governor Andrew Cuomo's lead is nearly cut in half.
In the poll, Cuomo leads Republican challenger Marc Molinaro by 13 points, 49 percent to 36 percent. In October, Cuomo had a 22 point lead over Molinaro, 50 percent to 28 percent.
Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg said the poll showed Republicans are throwing more support behind Molinaro and Independents are looking more towards the Republican candidate as well.
“Days before voters go to the polls, Molinaro has narrowed Cuomo’s lead. Republicans are ‘coming home’ to support their nominee much stronger than last month, although Cuomo continues to do better with Democrats than Molinaro does with Republicans. Independents have flipped, giving Molinaro a seven-point lead after favoring Cuomo by 10 points last month,” said Greenberg.
The poll also showed sizable leads for other Democrats, Kirsten Gillibrand in the Senate race over Republican Chele Farley and Tom DiNapoli in the State Comptroller race over Republican Jonathan Trichter. It also showed a double digit lead for Democrat Leticia James over Republican Keith Wofford.
The poll was conducted Oct. 28 - Nov. 1 by telephone calls conducted in English to 641 likely 2018 general election voters. The overall margin of error for the poll is +/- 3.9 percentage points.