ALBANY—A new poll finds Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, though still not particularly popular, at least making progress. A quarter the voters surveyed saying they are prepared to vote for her in 2010, up from 20 percent in March.
Gillibrand has been working to raise her profile since she was appointed in January, unknown to most of the state. Recently, powerful Democrats, including Chuck Schumer and even Barack Obama, have intervened to help her avoid a primary.
"The election is well over a year away, and with the Democratic field for Senator Gillibrand becoming clearer by the day, focus on the general election increases," Steve Greenberg, a poll spokesman, said.
In a hypothetical general election between Gillibrand and former governor George Pataki, a possible Republican candidate, the poll has them tied with 43 percent each. In a race with Long Island Representative Peter King, Gillibrand would win by a margin of 48-26.
This survey, consistent with the figures from April, put David Paterson's approval at a very low 18 percent. His favorability rating, 27 percent, is not great either, leaving Andrew Cuomo with 70 percent of potential Democratic primary voters.
The poll also found New Yorkers still split on the issue of same-sex marriage.