Left could menace Cuomo Poll: Gov. vulnerable in a three-way race

Robert Astorino

Andrew Cuomo

Joseph Spector and Jon Campbell

Albany Bureau

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo holds a sizable lead against Republican opponent Robert Astorino, but Cuomo would face a tighter race if a more-lib­eral candidate were also in the cam­paign, a Siena College poll said Tues­day.

Cuomo has faced criticism from the state’s Working Families Party, and the labor-backed party hasn’t ruled out running its own candidate because of concerns about Cuomo’s policies.

If a Working Families Party candi­date were to run, the unnamed candi­date would immediately pick up 24 per­cent of the vote, matching Astorino, the Westchester County executive, in a three-way matchup, according to Si­ena.

“While Cuomo continues to hold a dominant position in a head-to-head matchup against Astorino, his lead is cut in half when a WFP candidate per­ceived to be more liberal or progres­sive than Cuomo is added to the mix,” Siena College pollster Steven Green­berg said in a statement.

In a head-to-head race, Cuomo led Astorino 58 percent to 28 percent, down slightly from last month’s Siena poll.

But with a three-candidate race, Cu­omo’s lead would drop to a 15 percent­age- point edge over Astorino, with 39 percent for Cuomo and 24 percent each for Astorino and the unnamed Working Families Party candidate.

The poll, however, did not name a specific candidate.

Support for a Working Families can­didate was strongest in New York City. Cuomo had the party’s line in 2010, but only after it agreed to a number of re­forms Cuomo wanted to enact if he was elected.

The Working Families Party is hold­ing its convention May 31 in Albany. In a statement Tuesday, Executive Director Dan Cantor gave no indication if the party would support Cuomo or run a candidate of its own.

In an email to supporters earlier this month, party leaders said there will be “a serious decision to make” at the May convention. The email ripped Cuomo and the Legislature for not passing an expansive public-financing system for campaigns, as well as providing tax breaks to businesses.

Cuomo’s favorability rating was es­sentially unchanged at 57 percent posi­tive, and his job performance was the same as the previous month, at 45 per­cent positive.

He has sparred with unions since he took office in 2011, and he’s viewed as more of a moderate than a liberal, the poll showed. Among all voters, 46 per­cent described Cuomo as moderate, compared to 35 percent liberal and 11 percent conservative.

“Cuomo’s dilemma with a challenge from the left can be at least partly ex­plained by the fact that Democrats see Cuomo as not liberal enough,” Green­berg said.


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