Two polls released last week show that Gov. Cuomo is well-positioned as he enters the 2014 election year.


A Quinnipiac University poll shows that Gov. Cuomo is ahead of one potential Republican challenger, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, 56% to 25%.  The poll also shows that nearly 60% of those polled say that Gov. Cuomo is deserving of re-election.


A Marist poll, which asked about preferences between the Governor and several potential Republican opponents, shows him leading each of them by at least 40 percentage points. It shows Gov. Cuomo leading Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin 64%-24%; Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino 65%-24%; and Buffalo businessman and 2010 Republican candidate Carl Paladino 67%-24%.


A second Quinnipiac University poll — released earlier today — found that 37% of voters listed job creation as their top issue for next year; 22% favor tax reduction; 21% want to stem public corruption; and 18% say the main priority should be increasing education aid.