With less than five months to go before the November general election, likely voters in New York rank jobs, taxes and education as their top issues, a Siena College poll released this morning found.

The poll shows 13 percent of likely voters believe jobs is the top issue in the campaign, with taxes and education each receiving 12 percent.

Other issues – such as the 2013 gun control law known as the SAFE Act, budget concerns and the state’s minimum wage – did not register as the top concern for more than 10 percent of voters polled by Siena.

“When it comes to which issues are motivating voters, they are largely economic. Thirteen percent of voters say jobs is the single most important issue in determining their vote, followed by taxes and education at 12 percent each, economic issues generally at nine percent, and fiscal/budget issues and gun/SAFE act at five percent each,” Siena pollster Steve Greenberg said. “Almost half of voters identified an economic issue as number one.”

Nevertheless, the poll found strong support for the state pulling out of the controversial education standards known as Common Core.

A near majority – 49 percent to 39 percent – want to see the state stop Common Core rather than continue to implement the standards.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers this year slowed aspects of the implementation of the standards for student testing and later teacher evaluations.

Cuomo, meanwhile, continues to enjoy a wide lead over his Republican challenger, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, who remains largely unknown to most voters.

Cuomo has a 37 percentage point lead over Astorino among likely voters, 60 percent to 23 percent. Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins received 6 percent.

Cuomo has broad support throughout the state, with an especially wide lead in New York City, the poll found.

His spread in the city is 76 percentage points and 29 percentage points in the downstate suburbs. In upstate New York, vital to any chance of success for Astorino, Cuomo leads by 15 percentage points.

Fifty-nine percent of voters believe Cuomo has made the state a better one to live in, with 15 percent who say it’s worse and 21 percent who believe it’s about the same.

Voters, however, aren’t as bullish about New York remaining on the “right track” – with 49 percent believing that’s case versus 40 percent who say it’s heading in the wrong direction.

Both state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who faces Republican opponent John Cahill, and Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, who is being challenged by Onondaga County Comptroller Bob Antonacci, would be handily re-elected this fall, the poll found.

The poll of 774 likely voters was conducted from July 13 through July 16. It has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.

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