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Siena poll shows support eroding among independent voters for New York Democrats


By Mark Scott


Albany, NY – A new poll shows support for New York's top Democrats among independents is eroding as voters remain dissatisfied with government in Albany and Washington.

The poll by the Siena Research Institute found Democrat gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo's favorability rating has dropped to its lowest level since 2008. While still high at 59 percent, that's eight points lower than when he announced his candidacy last month.

Cuomo is maintaining his overall lead over his Republican contenders. Cuomo is ahead of Rich Lazio by a 60-24 percent margin, down from 66-24 percent on May 24th. Cuomo's lead over Carl Paladino fell to 60-23 percent, down from 65-22 percent. In a Republican Party primary, Lazio leads Paladino 45-18 percent.

"With 20 weeks until Election Day, Republicans still have much work to do - beyond the potential for a hard fought primary campaign over the next 13 weeks - if they hope to gain enough voter support to overtake Cuomo," Siena pollster Steven Greenberg said. "A majority of voters still believe Andrew Cuomo is part of the solution for fixing Albany, while a plurality of voters does not believe Rick Lazio has the experience to clean up the mess in Albany."

The favorability ratings for both US Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are also down. Gillibrand may have fallen hardest. She went from double-digit leads over rivals among independents to trailing.

Siena surveyed just over 800 registered voters in New York early last week.