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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Saturday, September 23, 2017

According to a recent poll by Siena College, less than half of New Yorkers feel that Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has done a satisfactory job of fulfilling her duties and should be re-elected next year. 

During the Trump Administration, Gillibrand has gained notability across the country for speaking out against the Republican president and his cabinet. Her vocal opposition has brought rise to rumors that Gillibrand might seek a presidential position much like her predecessor Hilary Clinton. 

However, as her profile in Washington rose, Gillibrand’s popularity on the New York home front has been sinking. According to Crain’s, “Eight years after Gillibrand's appointment to the Senate following Clinton's resignation and five years after she overwhelmingly won a full term, the 771 registered voters Siena surveyed the last week of August gave her only middling ratings. Just 49% said they viewed her favorably, and only 47% said they would cast a ballot for her if the election were today. Nearly a quarter reported an unfavorable opinion of the former upstate congresswoman, and almost a third said they would prefer an unnamed ‘someone else’ in office. Those numbers are similar to President Donald Trump's statewide favorability rating. More than one in five voters surveyed said they did not know whom they would vote for or held no opinion on the matter of Gillibrand serving a another six-year stint in Washington, while 28% pleaded ignorance or indifference in regard to her performance in office.”

Only 50% of registered voters in New York City said they viewed Gillibrand favorably, and only 47% would vote for her to serve a second full term. Her numbers are a bit higher among New York State’s registered Democrats; where 63% view her favorably and 61% would give her a second term. Latinos are the least supportive of Gillibrand, while her support among African-American voters is strongest. Although less than 60% of blacks view her favorably, and only 53% would actually vote for her again. This all aside, she is still likely to win re-election in New York, since the GOP does not yet have any candidates to challenger her, and the last time a Republican won a New York Senate seat was in 1992 with al D’Amato.

Both Governor Andrew Cuomo and Senator Gillibrand are facing re-election next year in 2018, and neither have actual acknowledged any presidential contending plans. A spokesman for the senator said, "Senator Gillibrand is eager to continue to work hard on behalf of New Yorkers and earn their support, and looks forward to running a robust campaign next year.” 

Note that the overall margin of error for this poll is 4.2%.