Survey of 500 Likely Voters
July 31, 2006

Election 2006: New York Governor
Eliot Spitzer (D) 62%
John Faso (R) 21%
Election 2006: New York Governor
Tom Suozzi (D) 44%
John Faso (R) 29%
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New York Governor: Spitzer by 41

Spitzer (D) 62%, Faso (R) 21%

Demcratic Attorney General Eliot Spitzer

The exit of former Massachusetts Governor William Weld from the field of battle for the GOP nomination in New York doesn't seem to be helping Republican chances of holding onto the governor's mansion.

The state's Democratic Attorney General, Eliot Spitzer, now enjoys a huge lead, 62% to 21%, over Republican John Faso (see crosstabs). Faso, the former Assembly Minority Leader, is running on a campaign of fiscal conservatism. In addition to 78% of fellow Democrats, Spitzer also attracts votes from 37% of GOP voters and 64% of unaffiliated voters.

Faso might fare better in the very unlikely event that Nassau County Executive Thomas R. Suozzi wins the Democratic primary (the primaries will be decided September 12). But Faso is bested in that match-up as well, with Suozzi leading 44% to 29% in our poll. Up against Suozzi, Faso can at least attract a majority of fellow Republicans, 57%.

Spitzer is viewed favorably by 68% of all voters, unfavorably by 24%. Suozzi is viewed favorably by 41%, Faso by 36%.

The Senate race involving Presidential hopeful Senator Hillary Clinton (D) is not any more competitive than the Governor’s race.

Only 18% of New York voters Strongly Approve of George W. Bush's performance as President while 51% Strongly Disapprove.

Just 52% here say ballots should be printed only in English, a lower number than we've found in some other states; 45% of New Yorkers say the ballots should be printed in both English and Spanish. In Florida, where Hispanics are also a large minority in the population, 58% support English-only ballots.

Thirty-eight percent (38%) of New Yorkers are not very confident that election ballots are properly counted and the right person installed in office.

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