May 11, 2010
5/11: Schumer Approval Rating at 50%
Half of the New York State electorate approves of the job Senator Chuck Schumer is doing. This includes 14% who believe he is doing an excellent job and 36% who say he is doing a good job. 31% rate Schumer’s performance as fair, and 16% think he is doing poorly in his role. 3% are unsure.
When Marist last asked about Schumer’s job performance in its March 29th survey, he received similar ratings. 51% thought he was doing either an excellent or good job in office. 28% reported he was doing fairly well, and 17% believed he was doing poorly. 4% were unsure.
Schumer Leads Townsend
In case you haven’t noticed, New York’s senior senator will face voters this fall, and despite his approval rating of just 50%, Schumer is far ahead of his competition. Political consultant Jay Townsend recently announced he will oppose Schumer in November’s race.
If the election were held today, Schumer would receive 66% of New York’s registered voters while Townsend would garner the support of 27%. 7% of voters are unsure.
Overwhelmingly, Democrats are pulling for Schumer with 87% saying they will support him and just 6% reporting they are behind his Republican challenger. And, while Townsend receives the backing of a majority — 53% — of Republicans, 41% of the state’s GOP are in Schumer’s corner. Looking at non-enrolled voters statewide, nearly six in ten — 59% — want Schumer to remain in office while 34% want Townsend to replace him.