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Siena Poll: 1/3 of NY'ers say Cuomo should run for reelection

FILE - In this June 15, 2020, file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo removes a mask as he holds a news conference in Tarrytown, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

In a recent Siena Poll, overall voters approve of how Governor Cuomo handled the pandemic with a 51-32%.

Of those polled, voters say that Cuomo did a good job with managing vaccines (66-20%), keeping NY informed (60-27%), and the reopening of the state. (54-33%).

What continues to plague the Governor is the nursing home scandal, as 60-22% say he did a bad job answering questions on nursing homes and COVID.

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“Since his poll numbers took a significant hit earlier this year, Cuomo’s favorability, job performance and re-elect ratings have remained largely stable the last few months. But 16 months from the next gubernatorial election and less than a year from the primary, only one-third of New Yorkers – including just 43 percent of Democrats – think Cuomo should run for re-election,” said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg.

As for his re-election prospects, 39% say he should finish his term, but not seek re-election, 23% say he should resign immediately.

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"The good news for the Governor is that only 23 percent of New Yorkers want him to resign immediately. However, when you add those voters to the 39 percent who say he should serve out his term but not seek re-election, 62 percent say he should not run for a fourth term,” Greenberg said. “Twenty-seven percent of white voters want to see him run again, as do 40 percent of Latinos and a majority, 52 percent, of Black voters."

35 percent, according to the poll, say they are prepared to re-elect Gov. Cuomo, however, 56 percent would prefer ‘someone else’

Cuomo advisor Rich Azzopardi released the following statement in response to the poll:

"Today's Siena poll is surprisingly positive because New Yorkers have only heard one side of the story and haven't yet heard the truth. When they hear the true story and the political games people are playing it will be much different. Also it's remarkable that only 13 percent of Democrats said the Governor should resign even though virtually all Democratic politicians called for it. Clearly Democrats believe the Governor more than the politicians."