New Yorkers Favor Obama and Gillibrand, Poll Finds

Quinnipiac University polled New Yorkers about the upcoming presidential and senate races and found that residents are mostly happy with who is already in office.

Of likely voters in New York State, President Barack Obama and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand already seem to be majority favorites in the presidential and senate races, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.

President Barack Obama leads the poll with 62 percent of likely voters supporting him, while on 34 percent choosing Gov. Mitt Romney, his Republican challenger. Obama has a 20-point lead among men and a 35-point lead among women, the pol found.

"The only reason President Barack Obama or Gov. Mitt Romney will come to New York is to raise money. Unless something unforeseen happens, the poll numbers say it's an Obama blow-out," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Besides his usual close to unanimous vote in the Black community, Obama also carries the white vote in New York. Men like him a lot, women like him even more." 

In the first poll for New York's U.S. Senate race, Democratic incumbent Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand leads Republican challenger Wendy Long with 64 percent of likely voters’ support, compared with Long’s 27 percent.

Of likely voters, 54 percent have a favorable opinion of Gillibrand, compared with 16 percent who don’t. For Long, 74 percent don't know enough about her to form an opinion, says the poll.

"The significant number in the Senate race is how many voters don't know enough to decide whether they like or dislike Wendy Long," Carroll said. "Hardly anyone knew Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand when she was first appointed but it looks like an easy six more years. 

The economy is "extremely" important in their choice for president, 62 percent of voters say, followed by 54 percent who list health care as "extremely important" and 49 percent who cite Medicare.

From September 4 – 9, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,486 New York State likely voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percentage points. Live interviewers called land lines and cell phones.

Brandt Hardin September 13, 2012 at 06:40 PM
The dynamic duo of Romney and Ryan would drive the entire economy into a nose dive as long as it benefits the richest Americans. Income inequality is endangering the Middle Class and making paupers of us all who don’t have those millions upon millions of dollars. Read more about the role of Romney’s riches in this election and the power of his sacred undergarments at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/05/mitt-romneys-magic-mormon-underwear.html The working class of our country can’t AFFORD to allow this election to be bought and sold!
Harriet Brown September 13, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Glad to hear this. How are the local candidates doing?
Arthur Arlo September 13, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Man we just can't get rid of liberals and liberalism. Estate taxes, city tax, state tax, sales tax. I know for a fact that illegal aliens voting.they told me so years ago. Art
Arthur Arlo September 13, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Correction I should have said were voting
Arthur Arlo September 13, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Gee.......... are you a bigot, a fool,a middle class person ....no...... just no class
Phil Konigsberg September 16, 2012 at 04:28 AM
The fact that the Presidential and VP candidates only visit the key states that are up for grabs in electoral votes is a disservice to the overwhelming majority of American voters and the states they live in. The way to correct this imbedded political strategy and still retain our founding fathers vision of the Electoral College is for voters in each state to call upon their state representatives to pass the National Popular Vote. The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the MOST POPULAR VOTES in the entire United States. The bill preserves the Electoral College, while ensuring that every vote in every state will matter in every presidential election. The National Popular Vote law has been enacted by states possessing 132 electoral votes — 49% of the 270 electoral votes needed to activate it. I've called upon my state representatives to support this effort in New York, but it appears that the key legislative leaders in Albany are not willing to bring this to the table...yet. If you want to see the 2016 Presidential and VP candidates make appearances in New York (other than to just fly in to hold million dollar fundraising events) please write to your senator and assemblymember today and give them your support to put pressure on the leaders in Albany to bring the National Popular Vote to the floor in each chamber. Imagine seeing the leading Presidential and VP candidates at the 2016 BTCA Meet the Candidates Night.


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