Politics and Elections

October 6, 2012

Owens leads polls; by how much disputed

PLATTSBURGH — A pair of recent polls show two different stories in the 21st Congressional District race.

One, conducted by Public Opinion Strategies on behalf of Republican candidate Matt Doheny of Watertown, shows him just 5 points behind incumbent Democrat Bill Owens of Plattsburgh.

The poll, which surveyed 400 likely voters on Oct. 1 and 2, showed Owens with 45 points and Doheny with 40.

But another survey conducted by Global Strategy Group, on behalf of Owens, showed the incumbent with a 14-point lead.

That poll, which surveyed 400 likely voters between Sept. 30 and Oct. 2, had Owens with 50 points to Doheny’s 36.

An independent poll conducted last month by Siena College Research Institute showed Owens with a 49-36 lead over Doheny.

Green Party candidate Donald Hassig has not been a factor in any poll.


The recent Doheny numbers showed that just 35 percent of likely voters said that Owens should be re-elected.

It also said 47 percent feel it is more important to elect a Republican to serve as a check and balance to Democratic President Barack Obama’s policies.

“We’re going to work hard, seven days a week, all over the district,” Doheny said. “Voters need to understand that our current congressman is not getting the job done, and that I have the energy and passion to solve problems and get Washington working for those of us in the North Country.

“In the next 30 days, we’ll be spreading that message through our ground game, in the media and with television advertisements.”


Owens’s poll said voters believe he is on the side of middle-class Americans by a count of 46 to 25 over Doheny and that he will protect Medicare benefits better than Doheny, by a margin of 42 to 23.

“We’ll keep talking with folks and traveling around the district, talking about how Bill is working for jobs on Main Street,” said Owens’s campaign manager, James Hannaway.

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