Martins Leads Haber by 25 Points

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Newsday / News 12 Long Island/ Siena College State Senate 7th S.D. Poll:
Republican Incumbent Martins Leads Haber by 25 Points,
While Democrat Cuomo Has 29-Point Lead Over Astorino

Loudonville, NY. Incumbent Republican State Senator Jack Martins has a large 25-point, 56-31 percent, lead over his Democratic challenger, Adam Haber. At the same time, voters give incumbent Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo a 29-point lead over his Republican challenger, Rob Astorino, according to a Newsday/News 12 Long Island/Siena College poll of likely voters in the 7th Senate District, located in Nassau County.

“Less than five weeks until Election Day and Martins sits in a very strong position – a 25-point lead, holding 82 percent of Republicans, winning among independents nearly two-to-one and picking up the support of one-third of Democrats,” said Siena pollster Steven Greenberg. “He leads by 30 points with men and 20 points with women, and even has the support of 40 percent of Cuomo voters.

“Martins is viewed favorably by more than half of voters and unfavorably by only 14 percent, while Haber is unknown to more than half of voters and is viewed unfavorably by nearly as many voters as view him favorably,” Greenberg said. “Martins is even viewed far more favorably than Haber among Democrats.

“Cuomo, with a nearly two-to-one favorability rating, has a two-to one lead over Astorino. Cuomo leads by 71 points with Democrats and trails Astorino by only 10 points with Republicans,” Greenberg said. “The 7th S.D. has a lot of swing voters, with nearly one-quarter of all voters supporting Cuomo for Governor and Martins for Senate. If Haber hopes to make this race competitive, he’s going to need to find a way to bring Democrats home and appeal to those voters who support Cuomo but also favor Martins. A lot of work in five weeks.”

This Newsday/News 12 Long Island/Siena College State Senate survey was conducted from September 28-29, 2014 by telephone calls to 441 likely voters, with a margin of error of +/- 4.7 percentage points. A likely voter screen was applied to a representative sample of registered voters weighted by age, gender and historical party turnout. The Siena College Research Institute, directed by Donald Levy, Ph.D., conducts political, economic, social and cultural research primarily in NYS. SRI, an independent, non-partisan research institute, subscribes to the American Association of Public Opinion Research Code of Professional Ethics and Practices. For more information, please call Steven Greenberg at 518-469-9858. Cross-tabulations and frequencies can be found at: www.Siena.edu/SRI/SNY.

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