Quinnipiac University Poll/January 26, 2009 – page 2
While more New York State voters approve of Paterson’s selection of Gillebrand, theysplit on their judgment of how he selected a new Senator, with 44 percent approving and 42 percent disapproving. Republicans approve 52 – 39 percent, while Democrats split 42 – 43 percent.Paterson’s overall approval stands at 50 – 30 percent, down from 53 – 25 percent in aJanuary 15 Quinnipiac University poll. Paterson’s approval among Republican voters is up, from41 – 38 percent to 45 – 39 percent, while approval among Democrats is down from 62 – 18 percent to 54 – 24 percent.“New Yorkers give Paterson a split decision on how he handled the Senate selection,despite the critical news coverage. He hurt himself among Democrats, while Republicans areliking him a little better these days,” Carroll said.Because of Gillebrand’s pro-gun position and her backing by the National Rifle Assn., 36 percent of New York State voters, including 50 percent of Democrats, are less likely to vote for her when she runs for election next year, while 17 percent are more likely to vote for her. Another 41 percent say this doesn’t make a difference.“In the Congressional district she’s represented, NRA support is a plus. Not state-wide,”Carroll said.From January 23 – 25, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,047 New York State registeredvoters, with a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points.The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts publicopinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio andnationwide as a public service and for research.