Paul Ryan Useless in New York: Poll

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It’s unlikely that Mitt Romney ever thought about winning New York State in this year’s presidential election — he’s not even trying to win his home state of Massachusetts. But if there were some fantasy scenario where Congressman Paul Ryan’s presence on the national ticket would put the Empire State into play, that  dream can consider itself officially crushed.

“Romney did not help his case with New York likely voters by selecting Ryan,” Siena pollster Steven Greenberg said in a statement attached to his latest numbers this morning. “Only 16 percent of voters said the Ryan selection made them more likely to support Romney, while 21 percent said it made them less likely and a majority of 62 percent said it had no effect. That may explain why Obama slightly widened his lead over Romney in the last month and now leads 62-33 percent, very comparable to the 63-36 percent margin by which Obama beat John McCain in New York in 2008.”

Furthermore, President Barack Obama appears to be doing just as well as ever in terms of his favorability rating in the state, as he’s now at 64%, a tad better than the 59% he stood at in July. While 61%  of the state’s voters disfavor Mr. Romney, a touch worse than the 59% he held in July, but not significantly so as the state stands far outside of his electoral reach.

In other news, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s poll numbers are still in the upper stratosphere among New Yorkers.

“For the 13th time in 19 months in office, Cuomo has a favorability rating of at least 70 percent. At least 70 percent of voters from every region view Cuomo favorably. A strong majority of Republicans continues to view Cuomo favorably,” Mr. Greenberg said. “What’s boring for pollsters and the media must continue to make Governor Cuomo and his staff smile. His honeymoon with voters has lasted longer than some recent celebrity marriages.”

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