Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is in solid shape for reelection, a new poll showed, even with Rep. Bob Turner (R-N.Y.) in the race.
Gillibrand’s approval rating stands at 60 percent in a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday — her highest rating ever, according to Quinnipiac.
She also has more than twice as much support as Turner, her nearest competititor. Gillibrand takes 57 percent to Turner’s 27 in a general election. Matched up against Republican Wendy Long, Gillibrand leads by 33 points, and her lead over Nassau Country Comptroller George Maragos (R) is 35 points.
“Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s three opponents, so far, fall short of even the generic GOP vote,” said Quinnipiac pollster Maurice Carrol in a polling memo. “But it’s seven long months until Election Day.”
Democrats aren’t sweating Gillibrand’s reelection, and she had more than $8 million stockpiled as of the end of 2011. Turner launched a long-shot bid to unseat Gillibrand in March when it became clear his Queens-area district would likely be dismantled by redistricting.
The poll of 1,597 New York voters was conducted March 28-April 2 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.