An exclusive NY1/Marist College Poll shows that while 56 percent of New York voters aren't thrilled with President Barack Obama’s job performance, the commander-in-chief shouldn't worry too much about winning the state next November, as most residents strongly prefer him to the leading Republican alternatives. NY1’s Michael Herzenberg filed the following report.
President Barack Obama may have been talking about America's economy when he said "we've made steady progress, we just need to make more," but he might want to focus on his own progress for now.
Just 44 percent of registered voters in New York State approve of his job performance. That's a slight drop from August and near his lowest approval rating of 43 percent in September 2010.
According to an exclusive NY1/Marist College Poll, 44 percent of registered voters say Obama is doing an excellent job or a good job while 56 percent say it's fair or poor.
Despite the distaste for the president's performance, New York voters strongly prefer him to the leading Republican alternatives.
Obama bashes Rick Perry 64 percent to 29 percent, beats Herman Cain 62 to 31, and bests Mitt Romney 59 to 35.
"He's cleaning the clocks of all of them, and he's getting about what he got four years ago in New York when he got in the low 60s," said Lee Miringoff, NY1/Marist College pollster.
According to the poll, Romney, the former Massachusetts Governor, has the best chance in New York against Obama.
In the suburbs, it's very close: 48 percent to 46 percent.
With voters making $100,000 or more per year, Romney actually wins and Obama loses.
With such a low approval rating, Obama's coattails don't look too long. That could mean trouble for Kirsten Gillibrand, the junior senator from New York. She's running for a full six-year term in 2012.
"Clearly there is a reelection battle in front of her should the republicans field a solid candidate," said Miringoff.
Just 39 percent of registered voters would cast their ballot for Gillibrand while 22 percent would vote against her. Thirty-nine percent aren't sure.
"That invites a challenger who has money, perhaps is well known. Clearly there is or should be some concern with the Gillibrand camp," said Miringoff.
A spokesperson for the Gillibrand campaign said the senator looks forward to running an aggressive campaign based on her record and vision for New York.