Washington (CNN) - A new poll indicates that a majority of New York State voters say they'd vote to re-elect Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand next year.
Wait a minute. Wasn't Gillibrand just elected in November?
Gillibrand won 62 percent of the vote against Republican challenger Joseph DioGuardi in the midterm elections. But her victory only allowed her to serve out the final two years of the term of former Sen. Hillary Clinton. Gillibrand had just won re-election to a second term in the House of Representatives when she was named in January 2009 to replace Clinton, who had stepped down to become secretary of state. Gillibrand is now gearing up to run in 2012 for a full six year term.
According to a Siena College poll released Monday, 52 percent of voters in New York say they are prepared to re-elect Gillibrand next year, with 29 percent saying they'd prefer someone else and nearly one in five undecided. As expected, nearly six in ten Democrats say they'd vote for Gillibrand. But a plurality of independent voters (47 percent) and Republicans (43 percent) also say they would re-elect the Democratic senator (although the margin for Republican voters is within the survey's sampling error).
The poll indicates that 57 percent have a favorable opinion of Gillibrand, her highest rating in Siena surveys.
The Siena College poll was conducted February 7-10, with 801 registered voters in New York State questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
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