Biden has solid lead over Trump among NY voters

Biden has solid lead over Trump among NY voters
A recent Siena College poll show former Vice President Joe Biden with a commanding lead in New York over President Donald Trump. (Source: MGN)

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. (WWNY) - A third of Republican New Yorkers have an unfavorable view of President Donald Trump, while 31 percent of them view his challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden, favorably.

Those numbers are somewhat surprising because Trump has seen overwhelming support among Republicans nationwide during the 2016 election and for most of his term.

“Donald Trump remains extraordinarily unpopular, as he has been throughout his presidency and even in the years leading up to his candidacy with his former home state voters,” Siena College pollster Steve Greenberg told 7 News Friday.

Less surprising: Biden leads Trump by 32 percentage points overall in the predominantly Democratic state.

“New Yorkers, who have not given their support to a Republican presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan won re-election in 1984, appear poised to provide Biden with New York’s 29 Electoral College votes in less than five weeks,” said Greenberg.

Biden leads by 60 points in New York City, 20 points upstate and 14 points in the downstate suburbs.

When it comes to how Trump has handled the coronavirus pandemic, 38 percent of Republicans disapprove, as do 59 percent of independents and 89 percent of Democrats.

The poll also shows that among Biden supporters, there’s a near-even split over why they’re voting for Biden: 48 percent are doing it because of Biden, 41 percent to vote against President Trump.

“They’re fine with Joe Biden. They would have been fine with one of the other Democratic candidates who ran in the primary. They are as enthusiastic to vote against Trump, as Trump’s voters are to vote for him,” Greenberg said.

The poll also looked at what New Yorkers think of their governor.

Andrew Cuomo’s favorability has slipped a little since a Siena poll in June, but remains strong.

Cuomo has a 59-33 percent favorability rating, down a little from 65-31 percent among registered voters.

Seventy-three percent approve of how he’s handled the pandemic, compared with 76 percent in June.

The poll was conducted September 27-29 among 504 likely New York state voters. It has a margin of error of +/- 4.4 percentage points.

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