This is the highest approval Cuomo has ever scored, and it marks the sixth straight month of ratings over 70 percent.
“Politicians and pundits keep talking about Gov. Andrew Cuomo for President. But it's worth noting that Cuomo-as-Governor still polls lofty job-approval numbers. He gets great grades for coping with Sandy,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
Specifically, the governor’s approval was 68 to 18 percent among Republicans, 82 to 9 percent among Democrats and 70 to 12 percent among independents.
The poll also found the following:
--80 percent of voters say Gov. Cuomo's response to Hurricane Sandy was “excellent” or “good.”
--48 percent say Cuomo is doing an “excellent” or “good” job cleaning up legislative corruption.
-- New York Sen. Charles Schumer gets a 63 to 23 percent approval rating among respondents, continuing a multi-year tradition of +60 percent scores.
-- By a margin of 58 to 36 percent statewide, New York voters say that Hillary Clinton should not run for mayor of New York City. Voters within New York City however, favor a Clinton mayoral run by 51 to 46 percent.
The poll of 1,302 New York State voters was conducted December 5-10 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.
While Clinton and Cuomo are often mentioned as likely Democratic presidential candidates in 2016, neither has confirmed they might run. Cuomo served as housing secretary in Bill Clinton's administration.