A Quinnipiac University poll this morning found voters, especially Republicans, back Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision to curtail his appearance at the Democratic National Convention.

Cuomo sought (or was simply given) a limited role at the convention, a move that voters by a margin of 51 to 20 percent, approved of. Sixty-five percent of GOP voters and 57 percent of independent or “blank” voters gave that stance a thumbs up.

“A comparison of two Cuomos was prompted by the Democratic convention: Gov. Mario Cuomo lit up the house as the 1984 keynoter while Gov. Andrew Cuomo kept his candle under a bushel. New Yorkers think the current governor was right to take a 2012 back seat. There’s always 2016,” spokesman Mickey Carroll said.

Cuomo attended the convention for the final day, Thursday, flying to Charlotte to speak to the New York delegation in an unusually (for him) partisan speech that blasted Republicans on the national stage.

The Democratic governor — who maintained his even 70 percent approval rating in the survey — has sought to dispel any notion that he’s running for president in 2016 by never appearing on national TV and declining to stay out of the state for more than 24 hours.

If Cuomo is running for president, he is doing it in the most unorthodox way possible assuming the playbook for doing so from the last 30 years remains relevant.

We will likely know this time around next year, if not in early 2014, if Cuomo is seriously considering run when the inevitable gravitational pull of early caucus and primary states sucks in presidential wannabees and, more tellingly, a presidential “exploratory” committee.

For now, Cuomo will have to face some tough decisions here in New York, with a major one being the polarizing hydrofracking issue.

The survey this morning found that by a narrow 45 percent to 41 percent, New York voters say the economic rewards of the controversial natural gas extraction process outweigh the environmental concerns.

Upstate residents back drilling 48 percent to 40 percent, a change from 43 to 44 percent in July.

It’s not entirely clear why the numbers have shifted, though support is still below 50 percent across the state in all regions.

The poll of 1,589 voters was conducted from Sept. 4 through Sept. 9 and has a margin of error of 2.5 percentage points.

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