July 18, 2018 Press Release

Statement on Quinnipiac Poll

NEW YORK, NY – Cynthia Nixon spokeswoman Lauren Hitt released the following statement on today’s Quinnipiac poll. The poll surveyed registered voters, a poor reflection of the electorate likely to vote on Thursday, September 13th – exemplified by the fact that only 55 percent of the registered Democrats polled knew who Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was. Even Quinnipiac pollster Mary Snow admitted it was ‘too soon to poll likely Democratic voters.’

“Polls of registered voters clearly aren’t capturing the kind of Democrats who have been turning out to vote in primaries — the most motivated, most progressive part of the base. Joe Crowley’s poll had him up by 35 points. He lost by 15. In NY-24 in central New York, polls showed the progressive Dana Balter trailing the establishment favorite Juanita Perez Williams by 13 points. On Election Day, Balter won by 25.

“But don’t take our word for it. The Governor told the world he knows he’s in trouble yesterday when he released his campaign finance report. Not only did he go to laughable and expensive lengths to increase the number of small dollar donors, but he also spent more than $5 million — including nearly $2 million in polling and TV ad expenses.”

“Democratic primaries on a Thursday in September are decided by who turns out their voters. And whether you look at donors, social media engagement, or his poor book sales, there is no enthusiasm for Mr. Cuomo.”

The poll shows that after two terms in office, Governor Cuomo’s job approval and favorability are both under 50 percent – a figure that has actually gone down since Quinnipiac last polled in the Spring. The poll also shows tremendous room for growth for Cynthia. 40 percent of registered Democrats didn’t know enough about her to form an opinion.