David Yates Jun. 16, 2014, 5:37pm

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) - Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat, is leading his Republican challenger, John Cahill, by 25 points, a new poll shows.

Schneiderman currently has a 41-27 percent re-elect rating, according to a Siena College poll released Monday.

Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has an even larger lead, 34 points, over his Republican opponent, Onondaga County Comptroller Bob Antonacci.

DiNapoli has 26-12-62 percent favorability rating, with 38 percent of those surveyed saying they are prepared to re-elect him, the poll shows.

"The comptroller and attorney general are far from household names in New York. Each is only viewed favorably by about one-quarter of voters," Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg said.

"However, their opponents are known to far fewer voters. Schneiderman and DiNapoli have the built in advantages of incumbency and a two-to-one party enrollment edge. Right now, Schneiderman leads Cahill 52-27 percent and DiNapoli leads Antonacci even bigger, 56-22 percent. Cahill and Antonacci have difficult tasks in front of them in sparsely-covered, down-ballot races."

In the race for governor, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo holds a 36-point lead over Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino. Cuomo has a better than two-to-one favorability rating, while Astorino remains unknown to more than two-thirds of New Yorkers, the poll states.

"There are five months (until) Election Day," Greenberg said. "No race is over in June. This is a snapshot of all registered voters, not just those likely to vote in November. All true. But true too are two other facts: Astorino has a huge gap to close, and it's hard to beat a popular incumbent when you face a two-to-one party disadvantage and you are unknown to two-thirds of voters, including 70 percent of your own party."

This Siena College Poll was conducted June 8-12 by telephone calls to 835 New York State registered voters.

Reach David Yates at elections@legalnewsline.com.

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