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Voters Are 'Team Cuomo' in Feud Between Governor and Mayor, Poll Finds

By Katie Honan | October 6, 2017 2:22pm | Updated on October 9, 2017 7:35am
 Gov. Andrew Cuomo gives a thumbs up while on a Department of Environmental Conservation boat following the successful implosion of the Kosciuszko Bridge on Oct. 1, 2017.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo gives a thumbs up while on a Department of Environmental Conservation boat following the successful implosion of the Kosciuszko Bridge on Oct. 1, 2017.
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NEW YORK CITY — When it comes to the ongoing feud between the mayor and the governor, a new poll finds voters are on Team Cuomo by a margin of 2 to 1. 

Pollsters at Quinnipiac University called 822 voters on landlines and cellphones, asking questions about subways, buses, funding for mass transit — along with questions about the ongoing feud between Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

As the pair butt heads over governing and MTA funding, 43 percent of all voters sided with Cuomo, while 32 percent agree with de Blasio, the poll finds.

When the group is whittled down to just Democrats, 41 percent agreed with the mayor on transit funding, and 38 percent sided with Cuomo.

That support disappears in a hypothetical face-off for New York governor between Cuomo and the mayor.

New York City Dems would support Cuomo over de Blasio — by a 60 to 31 percent margin — if the two ran against each other in a 2018 primary.

Regardless of favored side, 52 percent of polled voters think the longstanding fighting hurts New York City. 

Voters were also polled on the worsening subway system — and most New Yorkers think it stinks, the poll found. Cuomo received most of the blame for the failings, with 37 percent of polled voters saying he's at fault for the transit issues. 

Asked how they would rate the quality of subway service — excellent, good, not so good or poor — straphangers in Queens were the least satisfied. 

Less than 1 percent rated the system as "excellent," and 20 percent called it "good." Riders in Manhattan gave the subway the best grades, with 30 percent saying service was "good." Five percent rated it as "excellent." 

"No matter what borough you board in, the subway is a rough ride," Tim Malloy, the assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said in a press release. 

When it comes to ways to fund improvements to mass transit, the majority of polled residents favor taxing millionaires, a plan proposed by de Blasio, over a congestion pricing plan.

Voters opposed congestion pricing — which would charge motorists a toll to enter Manhattan on East River crossings that are currently free, but reduce tolls on other bridges — 52 to 40 percent.

They instead preferred to tax the wealthy as a way to fund much-needed improvements to the subway.  

"Millionaires are more likely riding to work in Escalades or Town Cars than on the Number 6 train, but New York City voters say that's all the more reason they should pony up funding to make commuting easier for the rest of us," Malloy said.