A majority of New York voters want Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016, while most prefer Gov. Andrew Cuomo stay put, a Siena College poll released this morning found.

That’s not to say there isn’t good news for Cuomo in the poll.

His favorability rating has increased to 72 percent from 67 percent following his handling of Hurricane Sandy. Self-identified liberal voters give him a 76 percent favorable rating even after pundits on the left blasted him for not supporting a Democratic takeover of the Senate.

But Clinton, a U.S. senator from New York who will leave her job as the nation’s top diplomat at the end of the year, scores even better.

Fifty-four percent of New York voters would like to see her as a presidential contender four years from now, compared to 39 percent of voters who said the same for Cuomo, the poll found.

“Continuing both Clintons’ status as Democratic Party ‘rock stars,’ Hillary Clinton enjoys huge popularity among
voters in her adopted home state. She is viewed favorably by an overwhelming 90 percent of Democrats, 70
percent of independents and even 50 percent of Republicans,” Greenberg said. “And although the Iowa caucuses
are more than three years away, a majority of New Yorkers, including more than two-thirds of Democrats, want
to see their former Senator take the plunge and run. The same is not true of Governor Cuomo, with only 39
percent of voters saying he should run in 2016, while 49 percent say he should not.”

Of course, should Clinton mount another run for president, Cuomo would almost certainly see no room for himself in the field.

Cuomo regards former President Bill Clinton as a mentor second only to his own father. Cuomo served in the Clinton cabinet as the Housing and Urban Development secretary through 2000.

Both Clinton and Cuomo have not given any indication they plan to run for president in 2016. Cuomo, in particular, has remained in New York as much as he could help in order to give the perception he has a laser-like focus on state government.

And speaking of the struggles of state government, most voters polled by Siena take little issue with senators switching party allegiance in the chamber.

The poll found 65 percent of those surveyed would back senators from switching loyalties to vote for the opposition party to be in control. Twenty-eight percent believe senators have no business doing that.

Those numbers come after Democratic Sen.-elect Simcha Fleder announced he would sit with the Republican conference in the state Senate. And the poll results come after the five-member Independent Democratic Conference announced a power-sharing arranging with the Senate GOP.

The deal allows IDC leader Jeff Klein and Senate GOP chief Dean Skelos to share the Senate presidency, switching the title every two weeks.

Most voters — 60 percent — believe Cuomo should steer clear of the leadership fight, as his spokesman’s statement released late Tuesday suggested.

“Even as lawyers fight over the final uncounted ballots in the last undecided Senate race, the vast majority of
voters are more than comfortable with senators crossing the aisle to support the opposite party in forming a
majority to control the Senate,” Greenberg said. “And in a clear message to the governor, voters advise Cuomo to
stay out of the fight and let senators decide which party controls the Senate on their own.”

Support for the controversial natural gas extraction process known as hydrofracking remains unchanged. The survey found that 42 percent of voters support allowing high-volume fracking, while 36 percent oppose it.

The poll of 822 registered voters was conducted from Nov. 26 through 29 and has a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points.

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