Poll: New Yorkers Discovering, Mostly Approving Gillibrand

ALBANY—A new Marist poll taken Monday shows Kirsten Gillibrand's approval rating at 46 percent, which isn't bad considering it also shows 48 percent of all New Yorkers have still never heard of or thought much about her.

That's down from this weekend, when a Quinnipiac poll found found 63 percent had never heard of her, and her approval rating was at 25 percent.

Gillibrand spent her weekend downstate, meeting with leaders and lunching with Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer.

Forty-two percent of voters surveyed in today's poll think her positions on issues are neither too liberal nor too conservative.

Twenty-four percent don't think Paterson made the right choice.l

According to that same poll, David Paterson's approval rating stagnated, and in a hypothetical match-up between Paterson and Rudy Giuliani, he's losing ground. Respondents said they'd support Giuliani over Paterson 47-46 percent, with seven percent undecided.

In November, Paterson lead Giuliani 51-41, with eight percent undecided. Poll: New Yorkers Discovering, Mostly Approving Gillibrand