Cuomo's poll numbers plummet

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo seen here on Jan

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo seen here on Jan

Cuomo plans to seek a third term in November and goes into his re-election an overwhelming favorite with $31 million in his campaign coffers in a state with twice as many Democrats as Republicans.

The Siena College poll Monday was a stark change from the Albany-area's college survey in January, which found the Democratic governor's favorability at its highest in almost four years.

The poll found 84 percent of NY voters did not know enough about Kolb or Giambra to have an opinion.

"The good news for Cuomo is that the two Republicans still seeking to run against him are both unknown to more than three-quarters of NY voters", Greenberg continued. Those who viewed him negatively rose to 40 percent, up from 30 percent during that same time frame. In upstate NY, however, he is viewed favorably by only 36 percent of respondents.

"Much of what Cuomo has been talking about over the last several weeks has been overshadowed by the ongoing coverage of the federal corruption trial in Manhattan, in which the governor has been featured prominently", Siena College Pollster Steven Greenberg said. Just 45% of New Yorkers said Cuomo is doing an excellent or good job, while 53% rated his performance as fair to poor.

But New Yorkers by a 49% to 39% margin support Cuomo's planet to sue the federal government over the new tax act that the governor says targets New York and other blue states by severely restricting the federal deductibility of state and local income and property taxes.

While his favorability and job approval ratings took a hit, half of voters still would vote to re-elect him to a third term as governor. But that is down from 55 percent in January.

Among those who had heard of DeFrancisco, the state Senate deputy majority leader, 10 percent had a favorable opinion and 9 percent had an unfavorable opinion, the poll found.

Two Republicans have announced their intentions to seek the GOP nod to run against Cuomo: Syracuse Sen.

Giambra's numbers are similar. Three-quarters of voters don't know who they are.

The poll conducted by telephone from February 5 through February 8 has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.