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Cuomo Would Beat Trump Jr. in Re-Election for Governor: NBC 4 New York/Marist Poll

The governor would crush his Republican opponents

What to Know

  • The exclusive NBC 4 New York/Marist Poll found Cuomo would crush potential Republican opponents by more than 30 points
  • 43 percent of poll respondents rated his job performance as excellent
  • However, a majority voters, at 51 percent, are not so keen about him running for president

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has strong support to win a re-election bid in 2018, and would crush potential Republican opponents, including Donald Trump Jr., by more than 30 points, according to the latest NBC 4 New York/Marist Poll.

The poll found that Cuomo leads his potential Republican challengers by more than 2-1. Even among voters who are registered Republicans, 22 percent approve of the governor's job performance, up from 17 percent last fall.

In a 2018 gubernatorial election, Cuomo would win by at least 30 points against the following Republicans: Donald Trump Jr., Rob Astorino, Harry Wilson and Carl Paladino.

Cuomo's approval rating is the highest in two years, at 43 percent. Half of voters, 50 percent, find his ideology to be right.

Even 37 percent of upstate voters agree, a slight increase from 34 percent last fall, that the governor's perfomance has improved.

At the same time, he lacks support for a presidential bid. A majority of voters do not want him to run for president, at 51 percent.

“New Yorkers are making a distinction between Governor Andrew Cuomo’s possible run for a third term and any future national ambitions,” said Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, director for The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion in a statement Wednesday. “His re-election prospects look strong, but New Yorkers are less enthusiastic about his entering the 2020 presidential sweepstakes.”

Cuomo is not the only one voters think should stay away from the White House. Fourty-five percent believe Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand should not pursue a presidential bid, and third time would not be a charm for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, with 67 percent not wanting her to run.

Sen. Chuck Schumer's approval rating has dropped from 53 percent to 47 percent, since he became minority leader. This is his lowest rating since 2010.

The telephone survey of adults ages 18 and up speaking English was conducted June 6 to June 10. Marist surveyed 839 adults, of whom 703 were registered voters. The margin of error for that group was 3.7 percentage points.

Editor's Note: This story has been corrected to remove inaccurate descriptions for potential Republican opponents of Gov. Cuomo. 

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