Siena Poll: Cuomo up 41 points on Nixon

September 10, 2018 07:53 PM

LOUDONVILLE - When is a 41-point margin not insurmountable? Cynthia Nixon's Gubernatorial Campaign believes right now.

"Things can change. Things might change," says Steve Greenberg, spokesman for the Siena research Institute.


Greenberg acknowledges potential mitigating factors may have occurred since the Institute finished polling likely democratic voters last Friday night.

The Nixon campaign says Andrews Cuomo had  "disastrous weekend," allegedly misusing a taxpayer funded state airplane, and cutting the ribbon too soon on the new Mario Cuomo Bridge. but there's also the matter of those mailings from the State Democratic Party, accusing Cynthia Nixon of anti-semitism.

The governor says he didn't know anything about the mailings.

"Is what happened this weekend enough?" Greenberg asks rhetorically, "will it get through to voters and will it impact voters? I know it has created outrage for Nixon supporters and others but is that enough to move voters?"

The Nixon campaign also questions the methodology of the poll, suggesting millennials weren't included, something Greenberg says isn't true.

"We know that people who had voted in the last two, three, or four democratic primaries are likely to vote on Thursday," Greenberg says, "They have a higher probability of voting but we also talked to new voters who never voted before."

Greenberg further points out Cuomo has a lead of at least 20-points with every voting demographic and a lead of at least 30-points in every region of the state.

"We have this poll that shows Cuomo up big," he says, "by all rights, he should win, but we don't play elections based on the voters. So on Thursday the voters get to go out and decide."


Dan Levy

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