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Poll: Public Backs Gov. Cuomo In Clash With Mayor De Blasio

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) -- A poll says New York state voters are siding with Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his clash with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The Siena College survey found that 39 percent of voters statewide back Cuomo over de Blasio, compared to 28 percent who side with the mayor. De Blasio had slightly more support than Cuomo among Democrats and New York City voters.

"Among all voters across the state – as well as among Republicans, independents, upstaters and downstate suburbanites – Cuomo is seen as more effective, trustworthy and representative of their views. And thus these groups all side with Cuomo over de Blasio in their ongoing public war of words," said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg."But New York City voters and Democrats are more in the de Blasio camp."

Last month the mayor said Cuomo had disappointed him "at every turn'' and pursues vendettas against opponents.

Cuomo has regularly thwarted de Blasio's agenda and has said his fellow Democrat doesn't know how to compromise.

The poll found that Cuomo's favorability dropped to 49 percent from 53 percent last month.

"For the first time as governor, and the first time since June 2007, Cuomo's favorability rating dips below 50 percent. Similarly, it's the first time 60 percent say he's doing a fair or poor job as governor, compared to less than 40 percent of voters rating his job as excellent or good," said Greenberg.

The July 6-9 telephone survey of 802 registered voters has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.

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