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Siena Poll: Moreland Controversy Not Hurting Cuomo's Favorability

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- The federal investigation over his handling of the Moreland Commission to investigate public corruption is causing Gov. Andrew Cuomo a political headache in the halls of the state Capitol.

But so far it's not becoming a problem for his re-election campaign. A Siena College poll on Monday found the governor still leads his Republican opponent Rob Astorino by 32 percentage points. Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins polled at 6 percent. The poll found 67 percent of voters hadn't even heard of the Moreland Commission or the controversy surrounding it.

"Voters, while they think corruption is a problem and serious problem in Albany, they're not paying attention. They're not paying attention to Moreland, they're not paying attention to Preet Bharara, they're not paying attention to the federal investigation. So as a result Cuomo really hasn't taken a hit," said Steve Greenberg, a Siena College pollster.

Most voters, 57 percent, still haven't heard of Astorino. But Astorino's campaign was heartened by the poll finding a closer race among voters who have heard of the commission and the governor and his staff attempting to director or block subpoenas away from politically sensitive areas. And most of those voters are Republican and come from upstate.

"What it really says is Rob Astorino needs money, money and probably some more money," Greenberg said.

The lack of campaign funds has made it difficult for Astorino to get the anti-Cuomo message across.

"Over the last three weeks, Astorino has tried to make this an issue. He's campaigning on it. He's using social media and his website, but that doesn't get through to the voters," Greenberg said.

Meanwhile, Cuomo and the state Democratic Committee this summer have poured millions into television advertising knocking Astorino on ethics -- an effort to turn the table amid the Moreland mess.

For his part, Astorino has been on the campaign trail knocking Cuomo and drawing attention to the federal investigation into the Moreland Commission.

"I think nothing better than a little bleach and maybe a little disinfectant would do wonders here and that's what we're going to do," Astorino said.

But with three months to Election Day, Astorino will need these polls to shift fast in order to show any traction against Cuomo.

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