September 2nd, 2010
09:01 AM ET
8 years ago

Poll: I don't know whom I'm voting for!

(CNN) - Talk about being up in the air!

A new poll indicates that more than three-quarters of New York State Democrats are undecided on which candidate they'll vote for in the primary for attorney general, with the contest just 12 days away.

According to a Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday, 77 percent said they didn't know who they'd vote for, with only nine percent saying they are backing one of the five candidates bidding for the Democratic nomination.

New York current attorney general, Democrat Andrew Cuomo, is running for governor this year.

The poll indicates that Cuomo, who's his party's presumptive nominee, leads both of his Republican rivals, former Rep. Rick Lazio and businessman Carl Paladino, by more than two to one in hypothetical general election matchups.

According to the survey, Lazio holds a 47 to 35 percent advantage over Paladino among likely Republican primary voters, with nearly one in five undecided and nearly half of those backing one of the candidates saying they may change their mind before the primary.

The incumbent governor, Democrat David Paterson, announced in February that he would not run for a full term in office. Paterson was elevated from lieutenant governor to governor in 2008, when incumbent Eliot Spitzer resigned following a sex scandal.

The "I don't know factor" is also quite high in the battle for the Republican Senate nomination. The poll indicates that nearly half of likely GOP primary voters are undecided in the battle to face Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, with 28 percent backing former Rep. Joseph DioGuardi, 12 supporting David Malpass and one in ten backing Bruce Blakeman. And three-quarters of those who do name one of the three candidates say they might change their mind.

"Joseph DioGuardi? David Malpass? Bruce Blakeman? Flip a coin. Most voters don't know much about any of them. The impossible-to-predict spillover from people who go out to vote for governor or in other primaries will make the difference, and there's no way on earth of foreseeing what that will be," says Quinnipiac University Polling Institute Director Maurice Carroll.

Gillibrand is her party's presumptive nominee. A former congresswoman, she was named early last year to replace Sen. Hillary Clinton, who stepped down to become secretary of state.

The Quinnpiac University poll was conducted from August 23-31, with 359 likely New York State Republican primary voters and 866 registered Democratic voters questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3.3 percentage points for Democratic registered voters and 5.2 percentage points for likely GOP voters.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. D.

    Soon they will claim not to know whom they voted for in 2008 general election as well!

    September 2, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    The Democratic Party actually prefers that the voters just vote the Dem ticket, and not make intelligent choices. They are, after all, the party of those who pretend to represent the working class, when in fact, they are the same wealthy power mongers that are in the GOP in Washington.

    The common man still thinks that the Dems are for them......because they never bother to really investigate.

    September 2, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  3. diridi

    I am voting for any Democrat, even though it is a dog....because GOP messed this nation like crazy and hell....that's why....o.k. You do not appreciate these health care and financial reform now, but in 5 years down the road, you do....we need energy and climate reform, and immigration reform. Lot of appliances and TVs are coming into the market as energy savers, and we need auto industry to be fuel efficient and give solid warranty....with cheaper is hurting GM, and Ford, they are exorbitantly priced.....they need to cut down...

    September 2, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  4. Don

    You had better make up your minds quick; or you'll be sorry!

    September 2, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  5. Irma in North Carolina

    I can tell you how I am voting, for anyone but a republican.

    September 2, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |