Poll: DeFrancisco remains largely unknown to NY voters

State Sen. John DeFrancisco is seen at the Onondaga County Republican Headquarters on Sunday (CNYCentral File Photo)

State Sen. John DeFrancisco is heading strongly toward winning the Republican nomination for governor of New York. But according to a new poll, he remains largely unknown throughout the state.

A Siena College poll released Monday found that more than three-quarters of New York voters didn't know enough about DeFrancisco to give a proper opinion of him.

Of those who have heard of him, DeFrancisco is viewed favorably by 10 percent and unfavorably by 9 percent of voters, the poll said.

The Syracuse-area lawmaker said on Sunday that "momentum is definitely going in my favor" for leading the GOP ticket following Friday's announcement that Assemblyman Brian Kolb from Canandaigua was suspending his campaign.

DeFrancisco's remaining Republican opponent, former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra, was also largely unknown to voters, according to the poll. He has a 7 percent to 9 percent favorability rating.

The same poll found new negative results for Gov. Andrew Cuomo. About 53 percent of voters view Cuomo favorably, while 40 percent said they don't, the poll said. That compares to 62-30 percent in last month.

Fifty percent of voters also said they were ready to re-elect Cuomo, compared to 55 percent last month.

The poll was conducted amid the ongoing bribery trial of Joseph Percoco, a former top aide to Cuomo. Corruption in the state government has been one of DeFrancisco's biggest criticisms against the governor.

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