Poll: Majority of New Yorkers do not want Cuomo to run for fourth term

Poll: Majority of New Yorkers do not want Cuomo to run for fourth term
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A majority of New York voters do not want Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to run for a fourth term, according to a new Siena College poll released Tuesday.

About 58 percent of registered voters said Cuomo should not run for reelection in 2022, while 37 percent said he should.

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“Democrats and New York City voters are closely divided on the subject of a fourth Cuomo run, however, two-thirds of independents, downstate suburbanites and upstaters think he should not run, as do 80 percent of Republicans,” said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg.

Despite the opposition to a fourth term bid, Cuomo’s favorability rating ticked up to 52 percent, from 47 percent in April. The new poll marks the governor’s highest approval rating since March 2018.

Cuomo, a fierce critic of the White House, announced in May that he intends to run for a fourth term.

“I believe I am making a difference in the State of New York. I believe that in my heart. When I look at my daughters’ faces, I believe that I’m leaving this state better for them,” he said on WAMC radio.

“I believe this state is doing great things at a time when a nation is floundering. I believe that. I believe we have the opportunity to set a standard for progressivity and normalcy. I know this job. I work seven days a week at it, and I think we have accomplishments,” he added.

If Cuomo wins reelection in 2022, he would become the second governor in the state to win a fourth, four-year term. New York does not have term limits for governors.

Cuomo won his third term last year after fending off a primary challenge from progressive activist and actress Cynthia Nixon.

The Siena College poll surveyed 812 registered New York voters from June 2-6 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.1 percentage points.