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Toplines - New York Special Election for Senate - September 1, 2010

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New York State Survey of 500 Likely Voters
Conducted September 1, 2010
By Rasmussen Reports

1* How would you rate the job Barack Obama has been doing as President… do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s been doing?

41% Strongly approve
20% Somewhat approve
  6% Somewhat disapprove
32% Strongly disapprove
  1% Not sure

2* How would you rate the job David Paterson has been doing as Governor… do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s been doing?

  9% Strongly approve
33% Somewhat approve
27% Somewhat disapprove
30% Strongly disapprove
  1% Not sure

3* 2010 New York Senate Race

 

 

Joe DioGuardi (R)

Kirsten Gillibrand (D)

Some Other Candidate

Not Sure

September 1, 2010

31%

51%

5%

13%

July 29, 2010

33%

50%

4%

13%

June 16, 2010

38%

49%

2%

12%

May 12, 2010

28%

51%

7%

13%

 

 

 

Bruce Blakeman (R)

Kirsten Gillibrand (D)

Some Other Candidate

Not Sure

September 1, 2010

32%

51%

6%

11%

July 29, 2010

34%

48%

4%

14%

June 16, 2010

38%

50%

2%

10%

May 12, 2010

31%

51%

8%

10%

 

 

David Malpass (R)

Kirsten Gillibrand (D)

Some Other Candidate

Not Sure

September 1, 2010

27%

53%

7%

13%

July 29, 2010

31%

51%

6%

13%

June 16, 2010

34%

49%

3%

13%

May 12, 2010

27%

46%

10%

16%

 

 

4* I’m going to read you a short list of people in the News. For each, please let me know if you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable, or very unfavorable impression.

 

Candidate for the NY Senate Race

Very Favorable

Somewhat Favorable

Somewhat Unfavorable

Very Unfavorable

Not sure

Gillibrand

25%

30%

13%

22%

11%

Blakeman

5%

23%

17%

11%

43%

Malpass

6%

21%

17%

10%

46%

DioGuardi

6%

27%

15%

10%

42%

 

5* In terms of how you will vote in the next national election, are you primarily interested in National Security issues such as the War with Iraq and the War on Terror, Economic issues such as jobs and economic growth, Domestic Issues like Social Security and Health Care, Cultural issues such as same-sex marriage and abortion, or Fiscal issues such as taxes and government spending?

 

       11% National Security Issues

       52% Economic Issues

       13% Domestic Issues

         5% Cultural Issues

       12% Fiscal Issues

         7% Not sure

6* Have you ever attended a town hall meeting or some other event featuring your congressman or senator?

    36% Yes
62% No
  2% Not sure

7* When members of Congress hold town hall meetings, is it more important for congressmen to explain legislation and issues to people or is it more important for the congressmen to hear the views of their constituents?

    23% Explain legislation and issues
70% Hear the view of their constituents
  7% Not sure

8* Do most members of Congress care what their constituents think?

    28% Yes
57% No
15% Not sure

9* How angry are you at the current policies of the federal government?

       36% Very angry
       21% Somewhat angry
       25% Not very angry
       13% Not at all angry
         4% Not sure

10* Would you agree or disagree with the following statement - Neither Republican political leaders nor Democratic political leaders have a good understanding of what is needed today?

       52% Agree
       37% Disagree
       12% Not sure

11* Is your representative in Congress the best possible person for the job?

       27% Yes
       39% No
       34% Not sure

12* Regardless of how Congress is doing overall, does your local representative in Congress deserve to be reelected?

       36% Yes
       38% No
       25% Not sure

 

13* Do you know anyone who is out of work and looking for a job?

 

       85% Yes
       12% No
         3% Not sure


14* Is the job market better than it was a year ago, worse than it was a year ago or about the same?

 

       21% Better
       42% Worse
       35% About the same
         3% Not sure

 

 

NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence