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Cuomo still leads Astorino in latest Siena poll

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Albany/HV: Cuomo still leads Astorino in latest Siena poll
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- A new Siena Research Institute poll shows Governor Andrew Cuomo is leading Republican Gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino in a head-to-head race.

However, results from the poll suggest Cuomo's lead would slip if a third party candidate who voters view as more liberal or progressive than the governor entered the race.

In a one-on-one race with Astorino, Cuomo would lead 58 percent to 28 percent.

The poll shows his lead would drop 15 points if a Working Families Party candidate entered the race. Results also show Cuomo would have 39 percent of the vote, while Astorino and an unnamed Working Families Candidate would each have 24 percent of the vote.

Siena pollster Steve Greenberg said it is clear there is some dissatisfaction with Cuomo within the Democratic Party.

"It's not like they don't like Cuomo, they do. But they feel he has been too moderate, not liberal enough, siding with business over labor, siding with Republicans over Democrats," Greenberg said in an interview with Capital Tonight.

Cuomo's favorability also fell slightly compared to last month. Of the people polled, 57 percent said they have a favorable view of the governor, while 38 percent said they have an unfavorable view.

Eighteen percent of those polled said they have a favorable view of Astorino, while 16 percent have an unfavorable view. There was also 66 percent of voters who said they have no opinion.

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