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Poll: Feud Between Gov. Cuomo, Mayor De Blasio Hurting NY State

ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) -- New York voters say the ongoing feud between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is hurting the state.

A Quinnipiac University Poll released Thursday found that 57 percent of voters say the two Democrats aren't working effectively.

"Fifty-seven to 15 (percent of) New York voters tell Quinnipiac that they are fighting, that they are engaged in a political feud instead of effectively working together for the public good," poll director Maurice Carroll told 1010 WINS.

Among those who acknowledge the dispute, 61 percent say Cuomo is "winning'' and 78 percent say it's harmful to the state.

"The squabble between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio isn't just media hype; it's real, voters say, and it's harmful to everyone in the state," Carroll said.

The hostility escalated this summer when de Blasio accused Cuomo of undermining the city's agenda in Albany and holding a "vendetta'' against those he disagrees with.

Despite his "winning" standing in the feud, the poll shows no improvement in Cuomo's job approval.

"Cuomo beats de Blasio, but overall doesn't do all that well. His job approval (is) 43 to 43 ... essentially what it was last time we did it back in June when it was 44-42," Carroll said. "But Cuomo out-points de Blasio on favorability among both city and state voters."

Forty-five percent of voters statewide and 55 percent of city voters give Cuomo a favorable review. De Blasio's favorability rating in the city is 37 percent.

The Sept. 10-15 telephone poll of 1,366 voters has a 2.7 percentage-point margin of error.

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