The second Quinnipiac University poll this week again shows good news for Democrats, this time in races other than for governor.
The poll shows Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand with a 55 percent to 34 percent lead over Republican challenger Joseph DioGuardi, a former Westchester County congressman.
Sen. Charles Schumer has an even bigger lead, 63 percent to 32 percent over Republican challenger Jay Townsend.
“If Republicans are going to take back the U.S. Senate, it doesn’t look as if New York will be much help. Both New York seats are on the ballot and Gillibrand and Schumer have comfortable leads,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
The closest statewide race, Quinnipiac showed, was for attorney general, with Democratic Sen. Eric Schneiderman of Manhattan holding a 43 percent to 32 percent lead over Republican Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan. But 24 percent of voters are undecided.
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, a Democrat, led Republican challenger Harry Wilson 49 percent to 31 percent, with 20 percent undecided.
But neither candidate is well known—90 percent of voters didn’t know enough about Wilson to form an opinion, compared to 65 percent who didn’t know enough about DiNapoli.
The poll of 1,141 likely voters was conducted Oct. 1-5 and had a margin of error of 2.9 percentage points.