9:23 am Jul. 25, 2012
Quinnipiac's poll this morning shows Governor Andrew Cuomo with a 73 percent approval rating, but trailing Hillary Clinton in support for a prospective run for the White House in 2016.
Cuomo's focus on his current job, and policy of publicly ignoring the presidential stuff, is working, notwithstanding periodic distractions from fun but insignificant polls of a presidential contest that's four years off.
As Maggie Haberman noted, New Yorkers appear glad to have state government functioning again. There have been no coups, no gubernatorial resignations, and no major hiccups in the mechanics of operating the state. Teagan Goddard referred to Cuomo's approval rating, among both Democrats and Republicans, as "staggering."
Still, Hillary's enduring popularity is impressive: Nearly four years after she left the Senate to pursue her historic run for the White House, New Yorkers still prefer her as a prospective president over the governor with the staggering numbers, and by a large margin, in every partisan and demographic category other than "Republicans".
Clinton says she'll retire from public service after her term as Secretary of State ends later this year, a statement which will be operative right up until the moment she says something different, whenever that is.