A new poll by a private firm used by Republicans showed that a majority of Democrats would like to see New York Governor Andrew Cuomo as the Democrat nominee in November rather than the current presumptive nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden.
In the national poll shared exclusively with the New York Post, 56% said they wanted to see Cuomo as the nominee, while only 44% wanted to hold on to Biden. The 12% margin was well beyond the poll’s 4.8% margin of error.
Hispanic voters, young people, women and those who identified themselves as liberals were most likely to favor Cuomo over Biden, the Post reported. 55% of black voters also wanted Cuomo as the nominee over Biden.
Club for Growth commissioned the poll, which was conducted by polling firm WPAi, a top three Republican polling firm.
Biden sidelined while Cuomo takes spotlight
While Biden has struggled to get media attention and been unable to hold in-person campaign events in the middle of the coronavirus outbreak, Cuomo has been giving lengthy daily press briefings about the outbreak in New York, which has had far more coronavirus cases and deaths than any other state.
In his virtual broadcasts and town halls, Biden has looked frail and continued to stumble over his words. He seems to have a lot of trouble putting sentences together and making sense, while Cuomo has come across strongly and confidently.
Although Cuomo is a typical liberal who has made many mistakes in governing, people seem to think he cares. His approval in handling coronavirus has been as high as 87%, even though he was relatively slow to take steps that other states took to slow the virus.
Cuomo didn’t close schools until more than a week after other nearby states, and he didn’t impose a stay-at-home order until several days after Gavin Newsom did in California, the New York Times said. And yet, most people think Cuomo’s handling of the outbreak has been good.
Cuomo says no interest in presidency
Cuomo has said repeatedly that he isn’t running for president, at least not in 2020. “I said from Day One I wasn’t running for president, and I am not running for president now,” Cuomo said in a news conference in late March.
Trump has said that Cuomo would be a stronger candidate for Democrats than Biden.“I wouldn’t mind running against Andrew. I’ve known Andrew for a long time. I wouldn’t mind that, but I’ll be honest, I think he’d be a better candidate than Sleepy Joe,” Trump said during a Fox News interview.
Trump also said that Cuomo’s high approval ratings for the coronavirus response was partly because the federal government has provided many resources to the hard-hit state, Politico reported.
“One of the reasons he’s successful is because we’ve helped make him successful,” Trump said, according to Politico, referencing several field hospitals, thousands of ventilators, and other equipment that Trump’s administration has given to New York.