Cuomo edges a less-known Christie in a presidential poll of New Yorkers

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A new Quinnpiac poll of New York State voters shows New Yorks' Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo leading New Jersey's Republican governor Chris Christie 46-38 percent, in a theoretical head-to-head matchup for the presidency.

New York Post state editor Fred Dicker, a longtime ally of Cuomo who clashed with the governor over Albany's recently passed gun-control legislation, said today on his radio show that the results were "terrible" for Cuomo, noting that New York State has many more registered Democrats than Republicans, in adddition to whatever built-in homestate advantage Cuomo ought to have over Christie.

Republicans in New York preferred Christie 77-12 percent. That's slightly higher than the number of Democrats who preferred Cuomo: 75-13 percent. 

But among independent voters, Christie had a clear advantage: 48 percent preferred him, to just 29 percent who preferred Cuomo.

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27 percent of voters here didn't know enough about Christie to have a favorable or unfavorable opinion, compared to 18 percent for Cuomo. So voters here may not be as familiar with Christie's actually quite conservative record: he opposes same-sex marriage, opposes a minimum-wage hike and takes a notably hard line on public-employee unions.

Cuomo's polling reflects a more traditionally partisan breakdown of support, compared to the unusually high numbers among Republicans that he sustained throughout the early part of his term. (A NBC-WSJ-Marist poll earlier this month showed a 13 percent drop in approval among Republicans. That decline was evident back in January.)

According to today's Quinnipiac poll, Republicans for the first time have a negative impression of him. Although, as always, it's worth noting that that's only news in the relative sense: A 38-49 percent approval rating from the opposing party is still unusually good. Among Democrats, Cuomo is approved 69-12 percent, and 49-34 percent among independents.