The latest Quinnipiac University CQ Politics poll has been released and it shows a bit about what might be the likely fate of the New York junior Senate seat. But the results need to be taken with a pound of salt.
In the latest poll incumbent and appointed junior Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has risen to a total of 37% favorability, with 23% unfavorable. Generally this might be viewed as a positive, but the critical value of the poll is that 39% of likely voters remain unaware of who Senator Gillibrand is. These are the best results that the junior Senator has had since being appointed by Governor Patterson in 2009. Based on these results, the poll finds that Senator Gillibrand may be re-elected.
The poll was taken from April 6 – 11 with 1381 registered voters.
The terrifying thought is that ANYONE who has such a low level of recognition and opinion might be re-elected to anything. When 4 out of 10 people cannot form an opinion on an elected official that is actively passing laws that will affect their lives and those of their children and grandchildren, it is not a far reach to say that elected official is ineffective. Such a conclusion is based on the thought that whether the public approves or disapproves of a politician, if the majority has an opinion then that elected official is doing something to effect their lives. If there is no effect, what really is being done?
Add to this the fact that Senator Gillibrand supported the Obama Stimulus that has failed to acheive any of its purported goals. Plus the votes for Health Care Reform that was opposed by the majority of Americans for over 8 months of debate. And that Senator Gillibrand has refused to discuss the merits or function of the Health Care Reform at town halls or in emails in that same time frame. But don’t forget the vote to continue to fund the disgraced and virtually defunct (under it’s original name) group ACORN.
Given that New York State leans more democrat due to the influence and number of people in New York City. Still it seems odd that Senator Gillibrand remains so unknown, even after advocating the Democrat Party line in almost every item that has come to the Senate for a vote. A string of votes that have raised the ire of many Americans and is the direct cause of the Tea Party as well as the low approval ratings of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Congress, and President Obama.
It brings up a question, have the Democrat Party removed every potential competitor to Senator Gillibrand (the latest being Harry Ford Jr.) to maintain this anonimity and hope for a re-election based on incumbency? Have they helped to keep the junior Senator in the shadows so as to not be connected to the scandals of Rep. Rangel, Rep. Massa, former Gov. Spitzer, and current Gov. Patterson? Is there a fear that any confrontation within the Democrat Party would remind New York voters of the chaos in the Democrat Party, and that the lack of conection to voters desires occurs in New York State as well as the nation?
We may well never know. Senator Gillibrand has been highly effective at avoiding public notice on the major issues that have rocked ther nation and New York. Several scandals have not attached themselves to the Senator, including the potential conflict of her association with Global Strategy Group.
Thus the only real question is if voters can accept an elected official that is entrenched into Party politics, and qualified as being able to not cause waves. It’s a question that voters across the nation, with both Parties, are facing in November. It’s a question that really shouldn’t be asked, nor a matter of celebration with 39% of the populace being unable to form an opinion.