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Sienna poll: Murphy up by 17 over Gibson

Sep 17, 2010 12:05 pm
Sienna Research Institute just released a poll showing Scott Murphy beating Chris Gibson by 17 points in their Congressional election. Murphy, the incumbent Democrat, leads Gibson, a Kinderhook Republican, on all issues polled among Democrats and independents in the poll from Sienna. Capitol Confidentlal's Jimmy Vielkind writes:
"65 percent of voters surveyed don’t know enough about him to have a favorable or unfavorable impression, including 59 percent of Republicans surveyed. Murphy, however, rates only 17 percent unknown, less among Democrats and only 10 percent in the district’s most populous counties of Rensselaer and Saratoga. Gibson has been airing advertisements for less time than Murphy, and fewer voters have seen them, the poll found. The two candidate have clashed over their positions on health care reform legislation, what to do about the Bush-era tax cuts and economic stimulus packages. The poll found voters favor implementing the health care legislation — which Murphy voted for — by a 50-44 percent margin; favored Murphy’s position (proposed by Barack Obama) of eliminating tax cuts for those making more than $250,000 in place, which the poll showed favored by a 52-44 and that voters supported a proposal for $50 billion of infrastructure spending, which Murphy has backed, by a 57-39 margin." Read the entire story in Capitol Confidential.