09 March, 2006

Latest Poll Shows Some Bumps in the Road for Hillary

Another day, another poll. This one is from the Siena Reasearch Institute at Siena College and it shows some clouds developing on the long-term horizon for Sen. Hillary Clinton.

While Clinton still holds a big lead in her Senate race against former Yonkers mayor John Spencer, this state-wide poll indicates some turbulence for the Senator in 2008.

The poll of voters shows that 60% of New Yorkers think the senator will run for the presidency in 2008. But 48% of those polled said they would not vote for Clinton if she does run, while 36% said they would.

Also, while Clinton's "favorable" rating is at 55%, that's the lowest it has been in the past 12 months in this poll.

In the upcoming senate race, Clinton holds a 57% to 32% lead over Spencer, with the incumbent losing a point and the challenger gaining one since last month.

Interestingly, 77% of those polled said they have no opinion of Spencer.

Spencer is sharing his annonymity state-wide with three of his GOP counterparts running for governor. Roughly three-fourths of voters say they have no opinion of the three men, former Assembly minority leader John Faso, former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld and former New York secretary of state Randy Daniels. Legislator Patrick Manning, R-Hopewell Junction, curiously, is not mentioned in the poll.

Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, the leading Democratic candidate for governor, is well out in front of the Republicans in one-on-one races against each.

Two other names were left out of the polling. KT McFarland, the late entry in the GOP race for the senate and Tom Suozzi, the Nassau County Executive who is challenging Spitzer on the Democratic side, were not included in the polls.

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