Cynthia Nixon narrows gap, but languishes in New York polls

Cynthia Nixon speaks with reporters on May 1, 2018, in New York City.
Cynthia Nixon speaks with reporters on May 1, 2018, in New York City.PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (AFP) - Cynthia Nixon, the Sex And The City actress running to become New York's first woman governor, may be narrowing the gap in poor polling numbers, but remains a remote threat to the Democratic incumbant.

Governor Andrew Cuomo, campaigning for a third-term and believed to harbor presidential ambitions, tops Nixon 50-28 per cent overall and 64-24 per cent among Democrats, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released on Wednesday (May 2).

A Siena College poll carried out in March, before Nixon officially announced her candidacy, said Democrats favoured Cuomo by 66 to 19 per cent.

Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, classified Nixon as a "nuisance" to Cuomo that "only half the electorate knows."

"At this stage, she is not running strong enough to make either the Democratic primary or general election challenge successful," Brown said.

Worryingly for Nixon, Quinnipiac also gave Cuomo his highest approval rating since December 2014, saying voters approve 54-39 per cent of the job he is doing.

The actress, who has never previously held elected office, shot to fame as workaholic lawyer Miranda on Sex And The City from 1998-2004, is running on a progressive platform championing economic equality and eschewing big business.

New York, the fourth most populous state in the United States, goes to the polls to elect a governor on Nov 6.

But registered Democrats must vote first in the party's Sept 13 gubernatorial primary.