Republican Claudia Tenney is leading in the race to replace outgoing GOP Rep. Richard Hanna in New York’s 22nd Congressional District, according to a new poll.
Tenney, a state assemblywoman, had the support of 35 percent of likely voters in the Time Warner Cable News/Siena College poll, ahead of Democrat Kim Myers, the daughter of the founder of Dick’s Sporting Goods, who drew 30 percent. Upstate Jobs Party candidate Martin Babinec trailed with 24 percent.
The poll also found voters displaying a mix of political views. For example, 63 percent of those polled said they were backers of the Second Amendment rather than gun control supporters, and 54 percent want the 2010 health care law repealed.
But 65 percent of voters called climate change a “real, significant threat” and 55 percent favored a path to citizenship for immigrants in the U.S. illegally, according to the poll.
In the presidential race, the GOP’s Donald Trump led Democratic rival Hillary Clinton by 11 points in the district, 46 percent to 35 percent. Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson took 5 percent ahead of the Green Party’s Jill Stein with 4 percent.
The poll surveyed 649 voters in the district by telephone calls in English from Sept. 21 to Sept. 26. The margin of error was 3.8 percentage points.