Poll: Gillibrand Up, Paterson Still Down

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.