19 July, 2006

Clinton, Spitzer Still Dominant In Latest Marist Poll; KT Gains On Spencer


Hillary Clinton and Eliot Spitzer have commanding leads against any and all comers in their race for the U.S. Senate and governor respectively, according to a Marist Poll released this evening.

If the Democratic primary were held today, Clinton would beat her anti-war rival Jonathan Tasini, 83%-13%.

Spitzer would beat his Democratic rival for the nomination for governor, Tom Suozzi, 75% to 10%, a pickup of three percentage points from the last poll in May.

Assuming the two top Democrats do win the primary, the numbers go their way in a mockup of the general election.

Clinton leads GOP rival John Spencer by 27 percentage points, 61% to 34%. Two months ago Clinton led Spencer by 30 points.

Against KT McFarland, the other Republican in the race, Clinton leads by 29 points, 61% to 32%. McFarland trailed Clinton by 34 points two months ago.

In a faceoff between the two GOP candidates, Spencer leads McFarland 36% to 15%.

Back to the governor's race. If a general election faceoff between Spitzer and Republican John Fasso were held today, Spitzer would beat Faso 69% to 20%, virtually the same as two months ago.

And then there's the Democratic primary for Attorney General:

Registered Democrats

Andrew Cuomo

Mark Green

Sean Patrick Maloney

Charlie King



Undecided

July 2006

40%

25%

7%

3%


25%

May 2006

39%

20%

5%

2%


27%

January 2006

40%

18%

5%

2%


31%



In the general election, Cuomo would beat Republican Jeanine Pirro 51% to 37% if the vote were held today. Green would top Pirro, 49% to 35%.

There's a question on gay marriage in the poll, in my mind one of the big non-issues of the day. The poll findings confirm those thoughts.

Also in the poll, approval ratings for statewide office holders. Click here to view the poll.

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