Cuomo's Lead Over Nixon Slightly Narrows in 2018 Election Poll

Leslie Hanson
April 17, 2018

If the fall Democratic primary were held now, Cuomo would beat Nixon, an activist on education and other issues as well as a star of the "Sex and the City" TV series, by 58 percent to 27 percent.

The Poll finds that Democratic candidate for Governor Cynthia Nixon has gained sixteen points in her match up against the incumbent governor.

With the primary some five months away, Governor Cuomo remains popular among Democrats, with 62 percent viewing him favorably and 32 percent unfavorably.

Ms. Nixon's campaign, which has already garnered ample news coverage with calls for legalizing marijuana and tough attacks on Mr. Cuomo, got a major boost on Saturday when she received the endorsement of the Working Families Party, a small but influential progressive group.

Fifty-seven percent of respondents give Cuomo a negative rating for his job performance as governor, the poll found. Siena's Steve Greenberg says recent incidents may have put the governor in a bad light.

"There have been fights between the governor and republicans", said Greenberg. We also see that Cynthia Nixon still has a lot of work to do to become known to NY voters. Schumer went from a favorable rating of 54 to 36 percent in March to 53 to 38 percent, and Gillibrand moved from 49 to 25 percent in March to 48 to 29 percent this month. Right now 45 percent of voters, nearly half, don't know enough about her to have an opinion about her, and among those who do - break even - 27 percent view her favorably, 28 percent view her unfavorably.

In matchups with two GOP candidates, Cuomo is also ahead.

Cuomo's campaign declined to comment.

WAMC reached out to both DeFrancisco and Cuomo but did not hear back in time for broadcast.

It has a margin of error of 4.3 percentage points.

A Marist College poll last week had better news for the governor, showing him with a 47-point lead over Ms. Nixon, though the margin narrowed when pollsters asked those who were "highly enthusiastic" to participate in a Democratic primary, which typically draws the most ardent and energized voters.

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