Poll: 'Trump effect' a factor in NY's 19th Congressional District

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October 31, 2018 06:20 PM

The campaign clock is ticking. There are just six days to go until voters head to the polls.

One of the hottest local races is in New York's 19th Congressional District. Incumbent Republican John Faso and challenger Democrat Antonio Delgado have been slugging it out for months -- and it's been a close one.

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NewsChannel 13 commissioned a poll from SurveyUSA to get a better look at the race and what could make or break the candidates in these final days.

We asked voters, "What the number one issue you'll consider when placing your vote?" More than health care, taxes, and the economy -- voters said their most important issue is the president.  

We've heard plenty of talk nationally -- even from President Trump himself -- that this election will serve as a referendum on the president.

It looks like that's at least partly true in the 19th. So we also dug into the "Trump effect."

We asked voters for their opinion on president trump's performance. Forty-six percent approve and 49 percent disapprove.

We also asked if they approve of the president's personal demeanor or behavior. Twenty-nine percent approve and 59 percent disapprove.

Traditionally, an incumbent congressman who hasn't done something completely egregious can expect to see approval ratings up over 50 percent. But when asked if voters approve of Faso's performance, the results seem to echo President Trump's. Only 39 percent approved of Faso's performance and 45 percent disapproved.


WNYT Staff

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