ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) – A new poll shows Democrat Andrew Cuomo continues to hold a big lead over Republican challenger Rob Astorino in New York’s governor’s race

Fifty-four percent of likely voters in the survey support Cuomo’s re-election bid. Twenty-nine percent favor Astorino, the Westchester County executive, and nine percent back Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins.

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“The botttom line in all this is that Cuomo still has a very strong lead in New York; 25 points among likely voters he’s over 50 percent,” Director of the Marist College Poll, Lee Miringhoff, told WCBS 880.

The poll also found that Cuomo’s approval rating is 42 percent among registered voters, down from 47 the month before and matching his lowest rating since taking office.

“Astorino is getting better known, but he’s getting better known in terms that the Cuomo side would like people to learn about him. So they’re finding more about Astorino, but the impression is that he’s very conservative and that is exactly the focus of the Cuomo ads and the Cuomo campaign,” Miringhoff added.

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The survey, released Wednesday, was conducted by Marist College in partnership with The Wall Street Journal and NBC 4 New York. The poll of 958 registered voters was conducted last Wednesday through Sunday. Among 517 respondents identified as likely voters, the margin of error was 4.3 percentage points.

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