December 5th, 2012
(CNN) – A majority of New Yorkers say they would like to see Hillary Clinton run for president in 2016, according to a new poll.
And while a Siena College Research Institute survey indicates that most New Yorkers think that Andrew Cuomo, their governor, is doing a good job in office and are prepared to re-elect him in 2014, a plurality don't want him to run for the White House in 2016.
According to the poll, which was released Wednesday, 75% of Empire State voters say they have a favorable impression of the outgoing secretary of state, who represented her adopted home state of New York for eight years in the U.S. Senate. That's Clinton's highest favorable rating ever in a Siena survey.
By a 54%-39% margin, New Yorkers say she should run for president in four years. In 2008, then-Sen. Clinton lost an epic Democratic presidential nomination battle to then-Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois. Obama nominated Clinton as his secretary of state after winning the 2008 general election.
Clinton has repeatedly said that she intends to retire to private life once her successor as secretary of state is confirmed by the Senate, and she has added that another run for the White House is not in the cards for her.
"Look, I'm flattered. I am honored," she told CNN's Wolf Blitzer this year about calls by other Democrats for her to consider another run in 2016. "That is not in the future for me, but obviously I'm hoping that I'll get to cast my vote for a woman running for president of our country."
Cuomo, who was elected New York governor in 2010, has a 72% favorable rating, according to the poll, and 60% say he's doing an excellent or good job in office. Two-thirds of voters give him an excellent or good rating for his handling of Superstorm Sandy, which slammed into New York in late October, leaving parts of the state severely damaged. Sixty-two percent say they would re-elect Cuomo in 2014, when he's up for re-election as governor.
But only 39% of New York voters say Cuomo should run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, with 49% saying he should not make a White House bid.
Cuomo is thought to be considering a possible run in the next presidential campaign. He's the son of former three-term New York Governor Mario Cuomo, who considered and passed on a bid for president in 1992.
The Siena College Research Institute poll was conducted November 26-29, with 822 registered voters in New York State questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.