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Siena Poll Shows Bishop With 13-Point Lead

A 2010 poll conducted by Siena College showed the Democratic incumbent with a 12-point lead in 2010, though Bishop ended up winning by only a slim margin.

After U.S. Rep. Tim Bishop and Republican challenger Randy Altschuler swapped headlines in late July, each claiming bragging rights in separate polls, Siena College released a poll on Thursday stating that Bishop holds a 13-point lead with eight weeks to go until Election Day.

According to the poll, 52 percent of likely voters would vote for Bishop while 39 would cast a ballot for Altschuler. Nine percent of the 624 likely voters polled said they were undecided.

The poll's margin of error is noted at 3.9 percent.

While the poll may come as good news to the Bishop camp, a Siena poll conducted in 2010 — released just under a month before Election Day — showed the Democrat ahead by 12 percentage points. , or less than one half of 1 percent.

“Make no mistake, this will be a close race," said a Bishop spokesman in a statement.

An Altschuler spokeswoman went one step further in a statement.

"One looks at how badly they botched their 2010 polls, and it's impossible for any reasonable person to take the Siena poll seriously," said Diana Weir.

Altschuler's campaign recently unleashed attack ads on the Southampton Democrat in response to reports surfaced stating that after the congressman helped expedite a fireworks permit for a local resident. Meanwhile Bishop ads have continued to label his opponent as someone who has contributed to a lagging jobs market due to his former company's involvement in outsourcing jobs.

In a poll of voters' views on presidential candidates, President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, 49 percent of those polled noted a favorable view of Obama, with 46 percent showing a favorable view of Romney.

A statement released on Thursday with the poll results is attached as a .pdf.

highhatsize September 15, 2012 at 10:16 PM
It is simply amazing that reactionaries can complain about legislative actions by our Congressman that supposedly cost jobs when his opponent is a man who went out of his way as a private citizen to annihilate his countrymen's jobs - - - for profit. On the other hand, it isn't surprising that the reactionaries have diverted this thread to a discussion of the Middle East because their apologies for Altschuler pertaining to relevant phenomena have all been long ago rebutted and he stands naked as an opportunistic, disloyal predator. Or is it that they see the possibility of the MIddle East as another outsourced labor resource under Randy.
North Fork Bob September 16, 2012 at 01:10 AM
You'd think that a "person" who makes millions of dollars by taking American's jobs away would move to a place where he could stay away from people.I know if he took my job away I'd be pretty angry.Instead he moves to LI puts a smile on his face and tries to tell you about his kids.Then he gets these other mediocre minds to want him to win a Congressional seat.That's chutzpah.In rational Countries that wouldn't be allowed.America for Americans not America for Indians
North Fork Bob September 16, 2012 at 02:36 AM
2 non Veterans cutting the Two non Veterans cutting the Veterans budget.Especially now when the valiant Iraq Troops are in a crisis situation.50% of all Iraq troops have applied for disability. This is overtaxing the already very busy VA.They all need and deserve our support.
North Fork Bob September 16, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Well we had 8 years of Bush probably the worst President in history.If the someone else is New Jersey Randy I'd say no.He's being bought by the Koch brothers and other big money.So he can help block the President like they've done for the past two years.
Brian September 16, 2012 at 02:58 AM
I hate polls.

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