NEW YORK — With his reelection campaign looming, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has enviable approval ratings from New York voters and general support for many of his newest proposals, including legalizing medical marijuana, according to a new poll.
But his specific plan for the drug — to use an obscure 1980 law, and not an act of the Legislature, to provide it to patients — is much less popular.
The poll, conducted last week by Siena College, was full of good news for Cuomo, who has yet to campaign in earnest but has over $33 million in his campaign coffers. The poll asked the opinions of some 800 registered voters in the state, and a solid two-thirds said they viewed Cuomo favorably; 54 percent gave him a positive assessment of his job performance and a solid majority — 57 percent — said they were ready to reelect him.
Cuomo, a Democrat, also had a much better reputation than two of his possible Republican opponents.
The poll found that Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive, is largely unknown by state voters and would be handily defeated in a head-to-head matchup with Cuomo.
Donald Trump, the real estate developer and reality television star, is very well known — but largely disliked; the poll found 57 percent had an unfavorable impression of him. Cuomo would best Trump with 70 percent of the vote, the poll said.
The governor seemed to have wide support for a number of initiatives he proposed this month, including a $2 billion bond act for schools, universal pre-K for the state, and increased penalties for texting while driving.
New York Times