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Polls just don't seem able to agree on the U.S. Senate race in this state.

Geraldine Ferraro either has a 16 percentage point lead over Sen. Alfonse D'Amato or is in a statistical dead heat with the Republican incumbent, according to two independent statewide polls.

A poll from the Quinnipiac College Polling Institute had Ms. Ferraro leading D'Amato, 53 percent to 37 percent, unchanged from a December poll from the Hamden, Conn.-based pollsters.

But another poll, conducted by graduate students at Emerson College and Suffolk University in Boston, had Ms. Ferraro at 42 percent and D'Amato at 40 percent, a statistical dead heat.

Both polls showed Ms. Ferraro well ahead of her two rivals for the Democratic nomination, New York City Public Advocate Mark Green and U.S. Rep. Charles Schumer of Brooklyn.

Other recent polls have also come up with divergent findings.

A February poll by Marist College's Institute for Public Opinion had Ms. Ferraro at 51 percent and D'Amato at 41 percent. A Mason-Dixon poll conducted about the same time had Ms. Ferraro at 42 percent and D'Amato at 41 percent. A poll released Sunday by the John Zogby International firm had D'Amato at 45 percent and Ms. Ferraro at 42 percent.

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