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Siena poll shows Cuomo gaining popularity

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is beginning 2014 with high numbers, according to a recently released Siena College poll.

The governor has regained some lost ground, and now is viewed favorably by 66 percent of New Yorkers. Cuomo would also beat potential GOP opponents, Donald Trump and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, by almost 50 points, says Siena’s Steve Greenberg.

“He’s governor is sitting pretty,” said Greenberg. “His numbers, favorability, job performance, reelect, are the best they’ve been in about a year.”

The governor has a $33 million campaign war chest at his disposal, should any potential challengers gain traction in the coming months.

The poll also asked New Yorkers about medical marijuana. It found that most would like to see the state go further than the experimental proposal Cuomo has put forward. But the majority is not ready to see marijuana legalized for recreational use.