Rasmussen: Gillibrand Still Running Strong Against GOP Opponents
Rasmussen has released a poll giving us a picture of GOP candidates and their likelihood to defeat Kirsten Gillibrand this fall:
Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand continues to hold double-digit leads over three potential Republican opponents in her reelection bid for U.S. Senate in New York.
The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters shows Gillibrand earning 51% support when matched against both former Congressman Joe DioGuardi and ex-Port Authority Commissioner Bruce Blakeman.
DioGuardi earns 31% of the vote against Gillibrand while Blakeman earns support from 32%. Still, over 15% of voters are either undecided or prefer another candidate in both match-ups.
Against economist David Malpass, Gillibrand holds a 53% to 27% lead. Seven percent (7%) prefer another candidate while 13% are undecided.
Gillibrand is running slightly stronger against the three candidates than she was inearly August.
Prior to the latest survey, Gillibrand maintained 46% to 51% support since May against the three lesser-known candidates after several major Republican players considered the race and decided not to run.
This statewide telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters in New York was conducted on September 1, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/-4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
Republicans will choose their nominee in a September 14 primary.
Gillibrand, who was appointed to the Senate seat last year when Hillary Clinton became secretary of State, holds double-digit leads against Blakeman and DioGuardi among voters not affiliated with either major political party. She now leads Malpass by eight among unaffiliated voters, after the two were tied in August.
This race remains Solid Democratic in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Balance of Power rankings. LINK
Gillibrand is viewed Very Favorably by 25% and Very Unfavorably by 22%.
More than 40% of voters in New York do not know enough about any of the three GOP candidates to venture even a soft opinion.
DioGuardi is viewed Very Favorably by six percent (6%) and Very Unfavorably by 10%.
Blakeman’s ratings are five percent (5%) Very Favorable, 11% Very Unfavorable.
Six percent (6%) view Malpass Very Favorably, while 10% share a Very Unfavorable opinion of him.
At this point in a campaign, Rasmussen Reports considers the number of people with a strong opinion more significant than the total favorable/unfavorable numbers.
Like voters nationwide, New York voters put the economy first. Fifty-two percent (52%) say economic issues are most important in determining how they vote, while domestic issues like health care and social security come in a distant second with 13%.
For more questions from this survey, see toplines. LINK
Barack Obama carried New York in the 2008 election with 62% of the vote, and 61% of voters in the state now approve of the job he is doing as president, up slightly from last month.