29 March, 2006

Suozzi Cuts A Bit Into Spitzer's Lead In Latest Qunnipiac Poll; Both Dems Would Win Big Over GOP Gubenatorial Hopefuls

New York Attorney General Elliot Spitzer still has a huge lead over his rival for the Democratic gubenatorial nod. But Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi has snipped a few points off of Spitzer's still-large lead, according to the latest Quinnipiac University poll.

The poll shows former state Assembly minority leader John Faso with a small lead in the GOP race.

In cross-party races, both Spitzer and Suozzi had solid-to-huge leads over any of the three Republicans in the race in one-on-one matchups.

Here's a snippet from the poll report:

Spitzer-Republican matchups show:
66 - 18 percent over Randy Daniels;
66 - 18 percent over William Weld;
66 - 18 percent over John Faso.

Suozzi-Republican matchups show:
48 - 17 percent over Randy Daniels, with 29 percent undecided;
47 - 20 percent over William Weld, with 27 percent undecided;
47 - 19 percent over John Faso, with 27 percent undecided.

In the Democratic race, Spitzer holds a 69% to 14% (55 points) lead over Suozzi, compared to a 72% to 8% (64 points) chasm in January.

On the GOP side, 48% of Republicans polled remain undecided on their choice for governor. Faso is favored by 22% of Republican voters. Former Massachusetts governor William Weld polled at 16% and former New York secretary of state Randy Daniels at 8%.

Back in January, upstate businessman Tom Golisano, who is no longer in the race, led the GOP pack at 34%, while Weld was at 9% and Faso at 8%.

The poll has tons of other numbers on approval ratings and favorabilty ratings of the candidates and current state officials and it's worth look at in depth.


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