"I'm Tim Bishop," Bishop begins in the ad, according to Wednesday's Newsday
. "And now, my opponent Randy Altschuler says I'm a criminal. ... You know me. And you know for Randy Altschuler to say that is just despicable."
The poll shows that voters, indeed, know Bishop: Half have a favorable opinion of him, compared to just 39 percent who view him unfavorably. Just 11 percent said they had no opinion.
On the other hand, Altschuler's image rating is upside-down. Thirty-nine percent have a favorable opinion of him, while 41 percent view him unfavorably.
Some interviews for the poll were conducted Sept. 5-6, with others conducted Sept. 9-10. In all, Siena surveyed 624 likely voters, for a margin of error of plus-or-minus 3.9 percentage points.