Poll Finds Less Than 50% of New York­ers Sup­port Gil­li­brand

The Jewish Voice - - NEW YORK - By Re­becca Gold

Ac­cord­ing to a re­cent poll by Siena Col­lege, less than half of New York­ers feel that Se­na­tor Kirsten Gil­li­brand has done a sat­is­fac­tory job of ful­fill­ing her du­ties and should be re-elected next year.

Dur­ing the Trump Ad­min­is­tra­tion, Gil­li­brand has gained no­ta­bil­ity across the coun­try for speak­ing out against the Repub­li­can pres­i­dent and his cab­i­net. Her vo­cal op­po­si­tion has brought rise to ru­mors that Gil­li­brand might seek a pres­i­den­tial po­si­tion much like her pre­de­ces­sor Hi­lary Clin­ton.

How­ever, as her pro­file in Wash­ing­ton rose, Gil­li­brand's pop­u­lar­ity on the New York home front has been sink­ing. Ac­cord­ing to Crain's, “Eight years af­ter Gil­li­brand's ap­point­ment to the Se­nate fol­low­ing Clin­ton's res­ig­na­tion and five years af­ter she over­whelm­ingly won a full term, the 771 reg­is­tered vot­ers Siena sur­veyed the last week of Au­gust gave her only mid­dling rat­ings. Just 49% said they viewed her fa­vor­ably, and only 47% said they would cast a bal­lot for her if the elec­tion were to­day. Nearly a quar­ter re­ported an un­fa­vor­able opin­ion of the for­mer up­state con­gress­woman, and al­most a third said they would pre­fer an un­named ‘some­one else' in of­fice. Those num­bers are sim­i­lar to Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump's statewide fa­vor­a­bil­ity rat­ing. More than one in five vot­ers sur­veyed said they did not know whom they would vote for or held no opin­ion on the mat­ter of Gil­li­brand serv­ing a an­other six-year stint in Wash­ing­ton, while 28% pleaded ig­no­rance or in­dif­fer­ence in re­gard to her per­for­mance in of­fice.”

Only 50% of reg­is­tered vot­ers in New York City said they viewed Gil­li­brand fa­vor­ably, and only 47% would vote for her to serve a sec­ond full term. Her num­bers are a bit higher among New York State's reg­is­tered Democrats; where 63% view her fa­vor­ably and 61% would give her a sec­ond term. Lati­nos are the least sup­port­ive of Gil­li­brand, while her sup­port among African-Amer­i­can vot­ers is strong­est. Although less than 60% of blacks view her fa­vor­ably, and only 53% would ac­tu­ally vote for her again. This all aside, she is still likely to win re-elec­tion in New York, since the GOP does not yet have any can­di­dates to chal­lenger her, and the last time a Repub­li­can won a New York Se­nate seat was in 1992 with al D'Amato.

Both Gover­nor An­drew Cuomo and Se­na­tor Gil­li­brand are fac­ing re-elec­tion next year in 2018, and nei­ther have ac­tual ac­knowl­edged any pres­i­den­tial con­tend­ing plans. A spokesman for the se­na­tor said, "Se­na­tor Gil­li­brand is ea­ger to con­tinue to work hard on be­half of New York­ers and earn their sup­port, and looks for­ward to run­ning a ro­bust cam­paign next year.”

Note that the over­all mar­gin of er­ror for this poll is 4.2%.

Only 50% of reg­is­tered vot­ers in New York City said they viewed Gil­li­brand fa­vor­ably, and only 47% would vote for her to serve a sec­ond full term.

Se­na­tor Kirsten Gil­li­brand will be up for re-elec­tion in 2018. (Photo via Twit­ter)

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