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New Yorkers Want Hillary to Stay in Senate; 23% Say She Should Just Go Away

Nearly one out of four voters (23%) in New York would like to see Hillary Clinton go away, and a plurality of unaffiliated voters would prefer she stay in the Senate than serve as Barack Obama's running mate. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the Empire State found that 29% of all New Yorker voters think Clinton should become Barack Obama's running mate while 37% think she should remain a senator.

Half of New York Republicans (50%) would like to see the former Presidential hopeful go away. Among New York Democrats, 42% would like to see Clinton as Obama’s running mate and 42% think she should stay in Senate. A plurality of unaffiliated voters want the former First Lady to remain a senator.

Not surprisingly, Obama is well ahead of John McCain in the Empire State’s race for the Whitehouse. The Democrat leads 60% to 29%, representing an improvement from last month, when he led 52% to 33%.

Obama is viewed favorably by 67% of New York voters and unfavorably by 30%. McCain’s ratings are 48% favorable, 47% unfavorable.

Rasmussen Markets shows that Democrats are currently given a % chance of winning the Empire State’s thirty-three Electoral College Votes this fall. John Kerry won the state for the Democrats in 2004 by eighteen points. Four years earlier, Al Gore won the state by twenty-five percentage points. Immediately prior to release of this poll, New York was rated as “Safely Democratic” in the Rasmussen Reports Balance of Power Calculator.

The same survey found that voters are divided on who they think should be the state’s next governor. Clinton, current Governor David Paterson, and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg all earn 24% support from voters on this question. Former Governor Mario Cuomo earns just 12% support from New York voters.

While 39% of New Yorkers think McCain is too old to be president, 38% think Obama is too inexperienced for the job. Those numbers lean more in Obama’s favor than those found nationwide.

The majority of voters in New York (62%) believe the next President’s most important goal in terms of the war is getting the troops home. Just 27% think winning the war should be top priority. Those results also differ from the national average.

Sixty-four percent of New York voters believe the United States government has become a special interest group, and only 14% think the government represents the will of the people.

President George W. Bush earns good or excellent ratings from just 23% of New York voters. Sixty-two percent (62%) give him a poor rating. Data released today shows that Bush approval ratings continue to hit record lows on the national level..

The survey was conducted in partnership with Fox Television Stations, Inc.

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New York Safe Democratic

Latest RR Poll

RR Poll Avg.

"538" Avg.

RR Mkts .

In Trade

McCain (R)

37%

37%

35%

Obama (D)

57%

55%

59%

This telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports June 30, 2008. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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New York Trends: McCain vs. Obama

Date

McCain

Obama

10/14/2008

37%

57%

09/15/2008

42%

55%

08/04/2008

32%

52%

06/30/2008

29%

60%

05/28/2008

33%

52%

04/29/2008

35%

52%

03/11/2008

38%

51%


Favorable Ratings for Presidential Candidates in New York

 

McCain

Obama

Very Favorable

22%

39%

Somewhat Favorable

27%

24%

Somewhat Unfavorable

24%

15%

Very Unfavorable

23%

19%

Not Sure

5%

3%


Rasmussen Reports - Electoral College Balance of Power Summary

Republicans

160

Democrats

173

Toss-Ups & Leaners

205


About Rasmussen Reports

Rasmussen Reports is an electronic publishing firm specializing in the collection, publication, and distribution of public opinion polling information.

The Rasmussen Reports ElectionEdge™ Premium Service for Election 2008 offers the most comprehensive public opinion coverage ever provided for a Presidential election.

Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports, has been an independent pollster for more than a decade.