9/17: Gillibrand Gains Name Recognition, But for the Better?

September 17, 2009 by  
Filed under Featured, NY State, NY State Poll Archive, Politics

The good news for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is more voters in New York are familiar with what she is doing in the U.S. Senate.  The bad news, however, is that it all doesn’t translate into a higher job approval rating.

Kirsten Gillibrand

Kirsten Gillibrand

26% of the statewide electorate view Gillibrand as doing an excellent or good job in office, and 9% believe she is performing poorly.  27% are not sure how to rate her.  In Marist’s July survey, a similar proportion — 24% — gave Gillibrand a thumbs-up, 13% thought she was doing poorly in office, and 33% weren’t quite sure how to answer the question.  This adds up to a bump in Gillibrand’s fair rating since July.

Table: Gillibrand Approval Rating
Click here for Complete September 17, 2009 NYS Poll Release and Tables

Gillibrand Loses Edge Against Pataki in Hypothetical Matchup

Time is ticking away to next year’s election for U.S. Senate in New York.  And, there could be some cause for concern for Senator Gillibrand’s camp.  When pitted against former New York Governor George Pataki, Pataki edges Gillibrand 48% to 44%.  The tides have turned against Gillibrand over the last couple of months.  In July, Gillibrand had 46% to Pataki’s 42%.

While Gillibrand maintains a similar degree of support among Democrats, more Republicans and non-enrolled voters have thrown their support behind Pataki.  Currently, 71% of the GOP say they would vote for Pataki while 21% would back Gillibrand.  In July, 63% reported they would support Pataki.  27% would do the same for Gillibrand.  Looking at non-enrolled voters, half are behind Pataki while 42% support Gillibrand.  Two months ago, they were divided, 45% for Gillibrand and 42% for Pataki.

Table: 2010 Gillibrand/Pataki Matchup

Marist Poll Methodology

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The Marist Poll’s Lee Miringoff discusses Gillibrand’s approval rating:


4 Responses to “9/17: Gillibrand Gains Name Recognition, But for the Better?”

  1. New York Senate: Pataki Would Beat Gillibrand in New Poll « S E N A T U S on September 18th, 2009 2:19 pm

    [...] new “Marist College Poll found New Yorkers would narrowly pick former Gov. George Pataki (R) over Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand [...]

  2. Remainders: Values on September 18th, 2009 5:49 pm

    [...] Pataki would lead Gillibrand. [...]

  3. Pataki Edges Gillibrand in New York Match Up | The Lie Politic on September 19th, 2009 5:37 am

    [...] new Marist College Poll found New Yorkers would narrowly pick former Gov. George Pataki (R) over Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand [...]

  4. DailyPolitical.com » Blog Archive » Concern About Gillibrand Well-Founded on September 26th, 2009 2:38 am

    [...] The former governor edges Gillibrand, 45-41, compared to 48-44 in a September Marist poll. [...]

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