ALBANY — New York voters continue to take a dim view of President Donald Trump, but they don’t think any of their high-profile homegrown politicians should run against him.
Only 30 percent of registered voters approve of the way Trump “is handling his job as president,” while 65 percent disapprove, according to a poll released Wednesday by Quinnipiac University.
But even fewer of them think that Gov. Andrew Cuomo should challenge Trump — and the number is dropping. When asked if Cuomo should run for president, 28 percent of respondents said he should and 63 percent said he shouldn’t. That’s down from when Quinnipiac asked the same question in July, and 38 percent wanted him to run.
New Yorkers weren’t any more sold on two other prominent New York residents said to harbor national aspirations. When asked whether Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand should consider a 2020 campaign, voters said no a 58-28 margin. They overwhelmingly rejected the idea of a candidacy from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, spurning the idea 78-15.
When asked which of the three should run if they “had to choose one,” 33 percent selected Gillibrand, 31 picked Cuomo, and 15 percent chose de Blasio. Among Democrats, Cuomo had a slight 38-36 lead over Gillibrand.
Cuomo’s approval numbers were comparable to those in a survey released by the Siena College Research Institute on Monday: They fell short of the highs he obtained in a couple of other recent polls, but were comparable to the ratings he received for most of 2017.
Quinnipiac found that 47 percent of voters approve of Cuomo’s handling of his current job while 37 percent disapprove. That’s essentially the same as the 46-38 he drew in the July poll.
When asked if they were inclined to reelect him, voters said they were by a 50-40 margin.
Cuomo’s office has argued that the recent cooling of the governor’s popularity isn’t due to anything he has done or the ongoing corruption trial of longtime aide Joe Percoco.
"In this new Trump reality, all politics is national,” spokesman Rich Azzopardi said in a statement on Monday. “Over the past year, numbers have moved in connection with the national debate — bouncing up and down within the same 10 point range. … This was also the driver in local elections which saw Democrats win despite local dynamics.”
One thing Cuomo definitely does not have to worry about yet: the name recognition of his opponents. Quinnipiac asked respondents if they could name any of his Republican challengers, and only 5 percent were able to do so.
Pollsters contacted 1,038 registered voters from Feb. 9-12, and the results have a margin of error of 3.9 points. View the crosstabs here.