8:19 am Dec. 5, 2012
In a new Siena poll released this morning, Hillary Clinton and Andrew Cuomo both receive sky-high approval from New York voters, with a favorability rating above 70 percent, broad support across all demographics, and relatively low unfavorables, from less than a quarter of the population.
But there's one big difference in the numbers.
More than half of New York voters—54 percent—say they would like to see Clinton run for president again, with just 39 percent saying she shouldn't run again.
Coincidentally, or not, 39 percent of New Yorkers say they would like to see Cuomo run for president, with 49 percent saying they would prefer he didn't.
The gap is even wider among Democrats, with 69 percent saying they'd like to see Clinton run again. Only 43 percent of Democrats said they'd like to see a 2016 run for Cuomo, who has come under fire from some liberals for encouraging Republican control of the state senate.
Clinton, whose 75 percent favorablity rating this morning is her highest ever in a Siena poll, has dismissed the idea that she's plotting another run, but supporters have said she's "persuadable" and that she "would answer" a draft movement in 2016.
(Whether 54 percent in her adopted state constitutes a draft call is unclear.)
Cuomo, whose 72 percent favorability is second only to Clinton, is thought to be quietly considering a run, but would have a hard time attracting support from a base he shares with Clinton.