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Poll: Cuomo and Schumer Slip as Indys Move to GOP

Monday, June 14, 2010 - 08:04 AM

WNYC

Independent voters are moving away from Democrats and towards Republicans, according to a survey released by the Siena Research Institute.

From the poll:

 

Andrew Cuomo saw a lead of more than 30 points among independents slip to 13 points. 
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand had double-digit leads among independents against each of her three potential Republican opponents and now trails each of them with independent voters. 
Senator Charles Schumer saw his lead among independent voters fall from 25 points against Gary Berntsen to seven points and a 27-point lead against Jay Townsend fall to 16 points.

The poll also showed Cuomo's lead over his Republican rivals down to it's lowest point in the race.

Cuomo leads Republican Rick Lazio 60-24 percent, with 16 percent undecided. That's down from his lead in the Siena May 24 poll, when Cuomo lead 66-24 percent, with 10 percent undecided.

Cuomo leads Republican Carl Paladino 60-23 percent percent, with 17 percent undecided. In the May poll, Cuomo led Paladino 65-22 percent, with 13 percent undecided.

Also worth noting: Chuck Schumer's favorability rating dipped below 60 percent or the first time in Siena poll's history.

Schumer's favorability rating is now at 54-32 percent, but he still leads his little-known Republican challengers, Gary Berntsen and Jay Townsend.

Schumer leads Bernsen 59-27 percent, with 13 percent undecided.

Against Townsend, Schumer leads 60-26 percent, with 14 percent undecided.

The poll released today was conducted by telephone with 808 registered voters from June 7 to 9, and has a margin of error of 3.4 percent.

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