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Poll: Only 27% of voters are prepared to re-elect Gillibrand, DioGuardi strongest opponent

June 5, 2010

Poll: Gillibrand doesn’t top 50%, DioGuardi strongest opponent

Monday, April 19, 2010 at 9:35 AM by Jimmy Vielkind in 2010 Republican Primary, 2010 U.S. Senate Elections, Bruce Blakeman, David Malpass, Joe DioGuardi, Kirsten Gillibrand, Polls

A poll released today by the Siena Research Institute found 27 percent of voters are prepared to re-elect Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, while 40 percent prefer “someone else.”

Over a year after her appointment to the seat, Gillibrand remains unknown to many voters: she is viewed favorably by 34 percent of voters — matching her all-time high — with a quarter of voters viewing her unfavorably had 41 percent not having an opinion.

Gillibrand got a boost, Siena Poll spokesman Steve Greenberg said, when former Gov. George Pataki announced earlier this month he will not run against her. (A poll released last week showed Pataki would beat Gillibrand). There are three Republicans currently vying to oppose her — former Rep. Joe DioGuardi, David Malpass and Bruce Blakeman.

“While she has three announced Republican opponents – all of whom are unknown to more than 80 percent of voters – and leads all of them by roughly 20 points, she can only muster 46 percent support against each of them,” Greenberg said. “When the three Republicans are matched up against each other in a Republican primary, nearly two-thirds of Republicans say they have not yet made a choice.  ‘Idol’ dad, Joe DioGuardi, garners 24 percent support among Republicans, while Bruce Blakeman gets seven percent and David Malpass has five percent.”

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