In the race for New York’s junior U.S. Senate seat, incumbent Kirsten holds a 61-to-29 percent lead over her little-known Republican opponent, Chele Chiavacci Farley.
“Although her favorability rating has fallen to 49 percent, [down] from 53 percent in June, Gillibrand still has a commanding lead over Farley, who is unknown to 87 percent of voters. Gillibrand’s lead is virtually unchanged from 61-to-28 percent in June,” said Siena College Pollster Steve Greenberg.
Gillibrand leads 86-to-7 percent among likely Democratic voters, while Farley leads with likely Republican voters 60-to-29 percent. Gillibrand also leads 55-to-31 percent among independents. She leads in New York City by 62 points, in the downstate suburbs by 31 points and upstate by 17 points.
Farley served as the New York City Finance Chair for the state Republican Party after a finance career in the private sector spanning more than 25 years. Farley has been endorsed by former Gov. George Pataki and is running on the Republican, Conservative and Reform party lines.
This Siena College Poll was conducted September 20-27, 2018 by telephone calls conducted in English to 701 likely New York State 2018 general election voters. It has a margin of error of 3.9 percentage points.