In a head-to-head matchup, Governor Andrew Cuomo continues to hold a better than two-to-one lead over Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, 58-28 percent (down a little from 61-26 percent last month). However, if the race includes a Working Families Party candidate perceived to be more liberal or progressive than Cuomo, his lead falls to 15 points, with 39 percent for Cuomo, and 24 percent each for Astorino and the unnamed WFP candidate, according to a Siena College Poll of New York voters released today.And anti-Cuomo discontent has plenty of room to grow.
Although 84 percent of voters say corruption in Albany is a serious problem, less than one-third have followed the Moreland Commission closely and only one-quarter have heard or read at least some about the disbanding of the Commission. Nonetheless, by a 61-23 percent margin, voters side with a federal prosecutor that the Moreland Commission should have continued investigating state government corruption rather than the governor, who says that the new ethics law passed as part of the budget justifies disbanding the Moreland Commission.More on that Moreland Commission here, but in short, the governor created this anti-corruption commission with great fanfare a couple of years ago, meddled with its activities during its existence, then abruptly shut it down several weeks ago when it started getting close to the governor's buddies.
With a WFP candidate in the race, 30 percent of Democrats opt out of Cuomo's camp, proving significant discontent with a great deal of New Yorkers. And with news of Cuomo's corruption still seeping out, that bleed could worsen. For their part, Republicans have to be bummed that in a three-way race, they can't even stake out a clear second place. The only reason they have any relevance in the state is because of their Senate gerrymander. A gerrymander, of course, happily signed into law by Cuomo himself. And even then, they still lost the majority, and are only in power thanks to turncoat Dems.
So New York Dems have plenty to be dissatisfied about.