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Maloney poll backs challenge to Gillibrand  

Jump to full article: Politico, 2009-06-09
Author: - Ben Smith - POLITICO.com


A private poll conducted for Rep. Carolyn Maloney found that she'd begin a race against Senator Kirsten Gillibrand with a small lead and could blow it open with attacks on Gillibrand's ties to the tobacco industry and relatively conservative record.

The poll, conducted at the end of may by pollster Doug Schoen, found Maloney with a 34% to 32% lead over the appointed senator -- and that she leads 49% to 25% after voters have been read arguments against both senators. [UPDATE: The respondents also heard a much longer battery of positive statements about Maloney, it's pointed out to me, so add a(nother) grain of salt to this section.)

"Gillibrand is too conservative, pro-gun, anti-immigration, and pro-tobacco, working on the side of the tobacco companies and lying about it," says a presentation accompanying the poll. "She has no record compared to Maloney, who has one of the best records of any member of Congress representing the state of New York."

The memo can be read here; the topline results of the poll of 600 likely Democratic primary voters are here.

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