A Siena College poll yesterday showed a tight race for the 25th Congressional District between Rep. Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Chris Collins, the former Erie County executive.
But the poll of the western New York district that stretches across seven counties also had another interesting find: Gov. Andrew Cuomo and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney are popular.
The Republican-heavy district, which includes the Buffalo suburbs and most or all of Niagara, Orleans, Wyoming, Genesee, Livingston and Ontario counties, found a majority of support for Cuomo and Romney.
Romney had a rating of 51 percent favorable to 44 percent unfavorable. For President Obama, the numbers were switched: 42 percent favorable to 56 percent unfavorable. In the district, Romney held a 53 percent to 41 percent edge over Obama in a head-to-head matchup.
As for Cuomo, a Democrat, he soared above either of the presidential candidates. His favorability was 66 percent to 29 percent — again showing his strong support among Democrats and Republicans.
As the Buffalo News’ Bob McCarthy noted, Cuomo didn’t do particularly well in western New York in 2010. He won by 28 percentage points statewide, but Republican candidate Carl Paladino, a Buffalo businessman, won Erie County, as well as Genesee and Wyoming.
The western New York factor hasn’t been lost on Cuomo. On this statewide tours, he typically makes stops in Rochester and Buffalo, and last year he announced a $1 billion pot of aid for Buffalo’s redevelopment.
Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was also viewed favorably in the poll, which was commissioned by the Buffalo News and Gannett’s WGRZ.
Gillibrand, who faces Republican Wendy Long in November, had a favorability rating of 47 percent to 35 percent. Gillibrand held a 49-40 percent edge over Long, the poll found. The poll had a margin of error of 3.9 percentage points.