New Yorkers Want Cuomo To Challenge Trump; Not Run For President

By John Celock

A new poll shows that New Yorkers want Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to be a national leader in challenging President Donald Trump’s policies but they do not want the governor to run for president himself.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday shows that 54 percent of those surveyed want Cuomo to be a national leader of the movement to oppose Trump’s agenda, but 55 percent do not want Cuomo to challenge Trump in the 2020 presidential contest. The poll also showed that Cuomo’s approval rating in New York has dropped to 46 percent from 52 percent.

The poll showed that New Yorkers want Cuomo to step up and be a national leader in opposing Trump, with 55 percent of those surveyed saying that Cuomo taking on such a poll would be good for New York State. Forty percent do not want Cuomo to be a national anti-Trump leader and 35 percent said that they believed Cuomo taking on such a role would not be good for the state.

Several state level leaders around the country have taken on roles in the ant-Trump movement, including New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D), who has made it a top issue of his office. Schneiderman and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) are considered the two top state attorneys general in opposing Trump’s policies. New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio (D) has also become a national anti-Trump leader.

New Jersey Democratic gubernatorial nominee Phil Murphy has indicated that if elected he plans on opposing Trump and would appoint a state attorney general of the same mindset.

With 55 percent of New Yorkers saying that Cuomo should not seek the White House in 2020, 38 percent believe Cuomo should make the run. Cuomo, who faces reelection to a third term in 2018, has not said if he plans to run for president but is mentioned as a potential candidate, along with U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), to face Trump, the first New Yorker elected to the White House since Richard Nixon in 1968.

No New York governor has been elected president since Franklin Roosevelt in 1932 and the last New York governor to seek the White House, was Republican Nelson Rockefeller, who unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination in 1960, 1964 and 1968.

The poll shows that Cuomo has a drop in approval from voters across the state, including facing more Upstate voters disapproving of his job performance than approving. In New York City, 52 percent approve of Cuomo’s performance while 33 disapprove, in the NYC suburbs 50 percent approve and 29 percent disapprove, while Upstate 37 percent approve while 48 percent disapprove.

Cuomo has been courting Upstate New Yorkers since taking office in 2011, including providing a billion dollar economic and infrastructure incentive program for the Buffalo area, promoting tourism statewide and creating regional economic development councils for different parts of the state. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) is frequently dispatched by Cuomo to tour Upstate communities.

No Republican has announced plans to challenge Cuomo next year but Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, the 2014 nominee, and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro are both mentioned as potential candidates.