Q poll: Below 50%, Gillibrand Leads

Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand leads her two Republican rivals, but her numbers are below 50 percent in nearly every category across the board, according to the Quinnipiac poll released today.

Granted, the paid advertising hasn't started, and that's when numbers like this usually move--especially for someone appointed to the seat--but it's still not an enviable position to be in. Goddard seemed unconcerned with the 50 percent benchmark and declared Gillibrand's lead was "big."

Gillibrand leads Republican Bruce Blakeman 46 - 26 with an additional 26 percent undecided. That's virtually identical to numbers from the April Quinnipiac poll, when Gillibrand got 47 percent, compared to Blakeman's 25 percent.

In the latest poll, Gillibrand leads Blakeman among Democrats, 73 - 4 percent, and African-Americans, 64 - 9, but those are the only categories where she breaks 50 percent.

Among women, Gillibrand leads Blakeman 46 - 25 percent, with 28 percent undecided. Among Independent voters, Gillibrand leads 37 - 26 percent with 33 percent undecided.

Gillirand's numbers against her other Republican opponent, David Malpass, are are slightly better.

The poll of 1,582 voters was conducted from June 15 - 20, and has a margin of error of 4.5 percent.