New York voters give higher marks to their former U.S. senator, Hillary Clinton, than their current governor, Andrew Cuomo, according to a poll out today. Both potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidates have high approval ratings in the state.
The Quinnipiac University survey showed Clinton, who recently left her post as U.S. secretary of state, with a 71 percent favorable rating and a 24 percent unfavorable rating. For Cuomo, son of former Gov. Mario Cuomo (who never ran for president after being touted as a national candidate in both 1988 and 1992), the ratings were 52 percent favorable and 27 percent unfavorable.
“The Empire State’s adopted daughter, Chappaqua’s own Hillary Clinton, is the New Yorker with the big numbers,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac polling institute in Hamden, Connecticut.
Either politician would carry New York against Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in a presidential race, the poll showed. Clinton would win New York’s electoral votes 59 percent to 32 percent, while Cuomo would prevail 46 percent to 38 percent.
A national Quinnipiac poll of U.S. voters released earlier this month showed Clinton leading Christie, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, the 2012 Republican vice-presidential nominee. Cuomo trailed Christie and Ryan and tied Rubio.
The latest survey was taken March 11-17 of 1,165 registered New York voters and had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.