Big leads for Clinton, Cuomo in 2016 in NY

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If either Hillary Clinton or Gov. Andrew Cuomo run for president in 2016, New Yorkers have their backs.

The second day of a Quinnipiac University poll today found that Clinton and Cuomo would have a home-state advantage over potential GOP foes in New York.

ANDREW CUOMO, HILLARY CLINTON, SENATE CLINTONFor example, Clinton held a 20 percentage-point edge over New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in New York, while Cuomo held a 10 percentage-point edge.

That’s a change from November when a Siena College poll then showed Christie ahead of Cuomo in New York. But that was before Christie was embroiled the George Washington Bridge lane-closure scandal.

Clinton, the former New York senator and secretary of state and first lady and current Chappaqua resident, had larger leads in New York against potential foes.

“Sure, 2016 is a long way off, but Chappaqua’s Hillary Clinton has leads of 20 points or more over possible Republican candidates here in her new home state. New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie from just across the Hudson – traffic permitting – runs stronger than the others,” said Maurice Carroll, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, in a statement.

“Gov. Andrew Cuomo also benefits from home state advantage, but not as much as New York’s adopted daughter.”

Clinton led:
• 60 – 29 percent over former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush;
• 61 – 30 percent over U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky;
• 54 – 34 percent over Christie.

Cuomo led:
• 53 – 30 percent over Bush;
• 55 – 31 percent over Paul;
• 47 – 37 percent over Christie.

President Obama’s approval rating in New York was 49 percent to 47 percent , compared to 50 percent to 46 percent in May.

“He’s not on the ballot, but even in true-blue New York President Barack Obama gets only a job approval stand-off,” Carroll said.

Voters approved 63 percent to 26 percent of the job Sen. Chuck Schumer wass doing, up from 56 percent to 26 percent in May.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand had a 61 percent to 20 percent job approval rating, her best score in more than a year, Quinnipiac said.

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