Governor Andrew Cuomo holds a big lead in his bid for re-election.  A Siena College poll shows him with a 58 to 28 percent advantage over Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.

Astorino's biggest problem is name recognition.  Sixty six percent say they don't have an opinion on the Republican.

Governor Cuomo's favorability rating is 57-38 percent, slightly worse than last month. 

Cuomo's lead in the race falls to 15 percent, if a Working Families Party candidate perceived as more liberal or progressive than the governor enters the race.

"It's been 24 years since a minor party candidate grabbed 20 percent of the gubernatorial vote, however, clearly facing opponents from both sides of the political spectrum would create a challenge for Cuomo," said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg.

The poll also found that Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is viewed favorably by 27 percent and unfavorably by 20 percent.  Fifty three percent have no opinion.

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli receives a 29 percent favorable rating.  Seventeen percent view him unfavorably and 54 percent have no opinion.

"In this year's down ballot races, the incumbents remain unknown or little known to most voters despite DiNapoli having served for more than seven years and Schneiderman more than three," said Greenberg.


Source:  Siena College poll

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