57 / 43
      69 / 50
      76 / 54

      New poll shows Governor Cuomo's approval rating has improved, but poll was conducted before Friday's controversial radio interview

      A new poll shows Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's job approval rating has improved and he has wide leads over two potential Republican challengers in the November election.

      The Siena College poll released Monday found 54 percent of New York voters questioned rated Cuomo's job performance as good or excellent. That's up from 44 percent of respondents who felt that way last November. The first-term governor was also viewed favorably by 66 percent of respondents in the new poll.

      The poll also found Cuomo with leads of 48 points in matchups with two potential Republican candidates for governor: Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Donald Trump. Both men are considering runs.

      The results of the telephone poll, which was conducted January 12 through January 16, came out just days after a controversial radio interview in which Governor Cuomo said "extreme conservatives... have no place in the state of New York" on the Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter.

      The governor defined â??extreme conservatismâ?? as being â??anti-gayâ?? by being against same-sex marriage rights, abortion rights and favoring legalization of assault weapons.

      The telephone poll has a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points.