Q Poll: Breathing Room For Gillibrand, Schneiderman

The latest Qunnipiac poll out this morning shows good news for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand as she as jumped out to a 21-point lead over her Republican rival, former Congressman Joe DioGuardi.

The poll gives her a 55-34 advanatage with just three weeks left until Election Day. The previous poll, released soon after the primary, gave Gillibrand just a six point lead.

Also, state senator Eric Schneiderman has opened up an 11-point lead over Staten Island district attorney Dan Donovan in the race for attorney general, leading him 43-32. The previous poll showed them essentially tied. A quarter of voters remain undecided however, according to the poll.

Tom DiNapoli has an even larger lead over Harry Wilson in the comptroller’s’ race, besting the former financial executive by 18 points.

For what it is worth, sources among both of these statewide races have said that their internal polls put the race at much closer than today’s Q-Poll. That said, the problem for Republicans across the board this year seems to be one of name recognition, and so the question for each of them is how much money they will have on hand in order to introduce themselves to voters. Political analysts were surprised that Donovan reported having less than $500,000 on hand in the most recent filing period. Wilson has something of an advantage here since he can self-fund, but will even his $3 million be enough?




Q Poll: Breathing Room For Gillibrand, Schneiderman