September 28th, 2010
12:26 PM ET
4 years ago

Poll: Democrats ahead in both N.Y. Senate fights

(CNN) - A new poll indicates that New York's two incumbent Democratic senators are leading their Republican challengers by double digits.

According to a Marist College Institute for Public Opinion survey released Tuesday, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand tops Joseph DioGuardi, her GOP opponent, 52 to 41 percent among likely voters, with seven percent undecided.


Gillibrand's advantage in the Marist poll is wider than a six-point advantage she held over DioGuardi among likely voters in a Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday.

The Marist survey shows Gillibrand holding a 46 to 41 percent advantage over DioGuardi among independent voters. About two-thirds of voters in New York City back Gillibrand, with voters in New York City's suburbs and upstate divided.

"The seat is leaning Gillibrand's way," says Marist pollster Dr. Lee Miringoff. "But the contest remains competitive."

Gillibrand, a former upstate congresswoman, was named to replaced Sen. Hillary Clinton early last year after Clinton stepped down to become secretary of state.

DioGuardi is a former congressman and the father of former American Idol judge Karen DioGuardi. The winner in November will serve out the final two years of Clinton's term.

In the New York's other Senate contest, the poll indicates that two-term Sen. Chuck Schumer leads his little known GOP challenger Jay Townsend 58 to 37 percent among likely voters, with five percent undecided.

The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion poll was conducted September 19-22, with 915 registered voters, including 617 likely voters, questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error for likely voters is plus or minus four percentage points.

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Filed under: 2010 • Joseph DioGuardi • Kirsten Gillibrand • New York • Polls
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. VB Lincoln Park NJ

    Don't be surprised when MOST incumbents win re-election. So often, these mid-term elections end up being local rather than national referendums.

    September 28, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  2. stufit

    Shame, but there is still time and people are getting madder all the time. The inept, incompetent, corrupt, union toady president is floundering about attacking and making himself look even more stupid when he does it. Liberals are demeaning and degrading hardworking American taxpayers at every opportunity. They will hang themselves. They actually already have. Enjoy the "fall of fallacy" sequel to the "summer of prosperity."

    September 28, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  3. SAY WHAT!!!

    Yeah...love this and I don't care what the media or polls say...we will maintain control of the House and Senate...talk to you all after November elections...

    September 28, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  4. smarty

    There's hope for us yet.

    September 28, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  5. jim

    This is pretty much what most people expect so i would get too excited if i were a democrat looking for something positive.It just a matter of time before the people of New York realize the democrat party has sold them out for Obama agenda of turning this country into "a socialist utopia".

    September 28, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  6. Eric

    OK, after looking at the details of this poll (follow the link), you can conclude this poll is worthless.

    It's four and half weeks from election day and they're still sampling REGISTERED voters.
    How about likely voters???

    Another attempt by the lame stream media to try to pipe in some oxygen to their terribly underwater candidates. Expect lots more of these bu11$h!t worthless polls before Nov. 2.

    FAIL

    September 28, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  7. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Not surprised, since Americans are as stupid as the GOP-baggers seem to think we are. The GOP-baggers want us to forget their failed policies; want us to forget that just a .....mere........ 21 moths ago our Nation was facing the Bush Financial Crisis! Why? Because of the failed policies of the GOP! Americans REMEMBER 2008! We remember that the GOP who controlled Congress, both House & Senate from Jan. 1995 until Jan. 2007 (when the Democrats took a narrow majority) did all the spending they could! They expect us to believe that they are "fiscal conservatives"????? Whom are they kidding?! During the Bush regime our government GREW larger than at any other time in U.S. history. Look it up!

    In NOvember vote NO for the Party of NO!

    P.S. GOP wants us to vote for them? Why? What have they done for America in the last 10 years?

    September 28, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  8. Rob

    SAY WHAT!!! is right. Dems will retain control of the senate AND the house in November. Happy voting!

    September 28, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  9. T'SACK form Virginia

    Gee go figure, New York is a giant pustule of corruption, a dung heap where people live like rats crammed into European style row housing. Do us a favor and call your prodigal son Alan Grayson back home to Brooklyn to serve YOUR State, we don't want him here in Florida.

    I am the original T'SACK and I approve this message. Unite the base to keep the Dems from destroying this place!

    September 28, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  10. Right Leaning Independent

    Well this does not surprise me. I was born on Long Island and moved away when I was 13! My relatives that still live there are strange folks with strange ideals...

    September 28, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  11. GL

    Yea all the pollings and the media have the Dems all ready in their grave. I have been saiding the only polls that court are the ones on election day. THIS WAS ALL DONE BY THE MEDIA – they are the onces that started this lie that the Dems are in trouble, but it looks more like the Republicans are the ones in trouble from the Tea Baggers.

    September 28, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  12. GL

    Republicans party is the ones that lost incumbents to the Tea Baggers which causing the Republicans seats. Tea Baggers are bad for this country and the major of the people are seeing it for them self and turning off the media.

    September 28, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  13. Cheney and Armey are a couple of Dicks

    According to stufit, "Liberals are demeaning and degrading hardworking American taxpayers at every opportunity." If stufit ever worked, he would know that the democrats look out for working Americans, and the republicans look out for the big business profits at the expense of the middle class. It would be difficult to have a reasonable discussion with him (her) as reality is not his (her) strong suit. I am still enjoying my stimulus tax cut that the democrats and president Obama gave me in April 2009, but if you don't work, or listen to Fox lies, you would have never known.

    September 28, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  14. The reality is...

    Yeah, good ol' New York Democrats have run this state into the ground. We can still hope and pray that enough Independents get out and vote these "Progressives" out in November.

    September 28, 2010 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  15. Cheney and Armey are a couple of Dicks

    Republicans are inept, incompetent, corrupt, anti union toadies, who are against policemen, firemen, nurses, teachers, women, hispanics, blacks, Jews, Catholics, Muslims, Buddhists, fiscal responsibility, social security, medicare, the VA, and are the party of big profits and war, but won't stand up for our servicemen and women.

    September 28, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  16. stormerF

    New York always has the best politicans money can buy, Rabgel,Schumer,Hillary,Spitzer,Etc,etc.

    September 28, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |