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3/29: Gillibrand and Pataki in Virtual Dead Heat


3/29: Gillibrand and Pataki in Virtual Dead Heat

If former New York Governor George Pataki chooses to challenge Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for her seat in the U.S. Senate this fall, he would prove to be her most formidable opponent.

Kirsten Gillibrand

Kirsten Gillibrand

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If the race for U.S. Senate in New York were held today, Pataki would receive 47% of the New York electorate’s vote to Gillibrand’s 45%.  8% are unsure.  Little has changed on this question since Marist last asked it in its March 2nd survey.  At that time, Pataki led Gillibrand, 48% to 45%, respectively.  7% were unsure.

“Former Governor Pataki is the big unknown for Gillibrand,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, “With her approval rating at 27%, Gillibrand will almost certainly have her work cut out for her if Pataki enters the race.”

And, then there were three.  Take Pataki out of the equation, and Gillibrand’s chances become a lot brighter.  When matched up against Republican candidate Bruce Blakeman, Gillibrand bests Blakeman by more than two-to-one.  The senator receives 54% of the vote to Blakeman’s 25%.  21% are unsure.

Joining Blakeman in the field of Republicans who have announced their candidacy for U.S. Senate in New York are Joseph DioGuardi and David Malpass.  How do they fare against Gillibrand? If November’s election were held today, Gillibrand would be victorious.

She receives 54% of the vote when pitted against DioGuardi who garners 27%.  19% are unsure.  Against Malpass, Gillibrand takes the same proportion – 54% — to his 25%.  21%, here, are unsure.

Table: 2010 Gillibrand/Pataki Matchup
Table: 2010 Gillibrand/Blakeman Matchup
Table: 2010 Gillibrand/DioGuardi Matchup
Table: 2010 Gillibrand/Malpass Matchup

Pataki Makes the Difference Among NYS GOP

When looking at the field of Republican candidates without Pataki, there is no clear frontrunner.  A whopping 59% of GOP voters are unsure.  18% of GOP voters report they would support DioGuardi, 10% would back Blakeman, and 9% would back Malpass.  Had Dan Senor chosen to run, he would have gotten support from 4% of New York State Republicans.

When Pataki enters the picture, however, he leaves the competition in the dust.  62% of Republicans statewide say they would support Pataki in the primary.  DioGuardi comes in a very distant second with 7%, Blakeman receives 4%, and Malpass takes home 2%.  23% are unsure.  In this hypothetical contest, Senor would have garnered 2%.

Table: 2010 GOP Primary for U.S. Senate (Without Pataki)
Table: 2010 GOP Primary for U.S. Senate (With Pataki)

Marist Poll Methodology

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  1. Don Mini

    April 1, 2010 at 1:03 AM

    nice poll however, Pataki isn’t even on the radar so why even poll with him in it at all?. So far there’s 2 candidates, Gillibrand and DioGuardi. That should have been your poll

  2. Na Di Moe Yan

    March 30, 2010 at 3:13 AM

    I am happy to read the new poll.

    Na Di Moe Yan.

  3. Na Di Moe Yan

    March 30, 2010 at 3:11 AM

    I congratulate Mr.George Pataki on his victory in the New Poll.

    Na Di Moe Yan.

  4. Na Di Moe Yan

    March 30, 2010 at 3:08 AM

    Hey!Good News for me.I am happy with Mr.George Pa Taki is ahead of Mrs.Gillibrand in the new poll.

    Na Di Moe Yan.

  5. Nyein Chan

    March 30, 2010 at 3:04 AM

    We are happy with the news that Mr.George Pataki is ahead of Mrs.Gillibrand.

    Chit Thu Wai,
    Nyein Chan.

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