Siena poll finds Buerkle, Maffei in a dead heat


A new of Siena poll finds Republican Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle and former Democratic Rep. Dan Maffei tied at 43 percent each in a rematch of their close 2010 race to represent a congressional district covering Syracuse and the eastern Rochester suburbs.

Forty four percent of likely voters had a favorable opinion of Buerkle while an equal percentage had an unfavorable opinion. Maffei’s favorable, unfavorable rating was 49 percent to 37 percent.

Likely voters in the 24th Congressional District covering Wayne County, Onondaga County, Cayuga County and part of Oswego County also were split on whether the country is on the right track with 46 percent saying yes and 48 percent indicating the nation is headed in the wrong direction.

Despite that division over the country’s direction, President Barack Obama held a 55 percent to 36 percent lead over Republican Mitt Romney among likely voters in the 24th Congressional District.

The survey of 625 likely voters had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.


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