New Quinnipiac poll looks at election races across NY

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A recent university poll states Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s favorability is continuing to drop in New York state; however, he is still in the lead in the race for governor.

A poll released by Quinnipiac University shows the governor is leading in numbers against democratic primary challenger Cynthia Nixon at 59 to 23 percent. Mary Snow, Quinnipiac Poll Analyst, said it might have to do with his experience.

“Gov. Cuomo’s lead has widened since we last polled in May,” she said. “The majority, about roughly 60 percent, said they prefer a candidate with experience in politics.”

Cuomo is also leading against republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro at 57 to 31 percent. According to Snow, a big reason Cuomo could be leading in the polls by such a wide margin is due to the fact that Nixon and Molinaro are still somewhat unknown to voters.

“Those unknowns, people who have really not formed an opinion, that’s really working in Gov. Cuomo’s advantage,” she said.

In the race for attorney general, 42 percent of voters are still undecided, but Letitia James came out on top with 26 percent. U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney followed at 15 percent, Zephyr Teachout with 12 percent and Leecia Eve with three percent.

“People don’t know enough about these candidates,” Snow said. “They have entered the race after Eric Schneiderman stepped down in May, so their campaigns have not been going all that long.”

The poll only surveyed registered voters across the state.

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