Outperforming His Party, Bishop Leads Altschuler on Long Island
Rep. Tim Bishop, D-N.Y., holds a significant lead over Republican Randy Altschuler in his Eastern Long Island swing district, according to a new Siena College poll released early Thursday.
Bishop leads Altschuler, the businessman who he beat in 2010 by just 593 votes, 52 percent to 39 percent, the poll shows. Eight percent of likely voters are undecided.
Bishop outperforms President Obama in the Empire State's 1st Congressional District, according to the poll, which shows Obama and Mitt Romney tied at 47 percent there. Likely voters were also split on which party they want to control the House after the November elections: 48 percent want Republicans in control, compared to 47 percent who prefer the Democrats.
Bishop's relative strength comes from strong performance among Republicans and independents. The 5th-term congressman wins 25 percent of Republicans and 49 percent of independents, in addition to holding 87 percent of the Democratic vote. In comparison, Obama captures just 19 percent of the Republican vote and 42 percent of independents.
Male voters are divided: 48 percent for Bishop, 45 percent for Altschuler. Female voters, however, support Bishop by a wide margin, 56 percent to 34 percent.
Republicans had hoped to capitalize on allegations that Bishop solicited campaign donations in return for constituent services. One of Bishop's latest television advertisements seeks to confront the allegations head-on.