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Siena: Slaughter leads Brooks 52-42 percent

   Democratic incumbent Louise Slaughter has opened a wide lead over Republican challenger Maggie Brooks in the contest for the Monroe County-based 25th Congressional District, according to a new Siena Research Institute poll.

   The poll, released Thursday, shows Slaughter leading Brooks 52 to 42 percent.

   “In this fascinating race between two popular, well known women –- both known to voters by their first
names -– Louise has a 10-point lead over Maggie in this newly drawn district, all within Monroe County, that has a nine-point enrollment edge for the Democrats,” said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg.

“Brooks has the support of three-quarters of Republicans and an 11-point lead with independents, while
Slaughter is supported by 86 percent of Democrats and has a commanding 69-26 percent lead among voters she currently represents. Women give Louise a 17-point advantage and she has a slim four-point edge with men.

   “Slaughter is viewed favorably by 59 percent of voters and unfavorably by 36 percent,” Greenberg added. “Brooks’ favorability rating is not as strong but is still positive at 51-42 percent. Brooks has a stronger favorability rating among independents than does Slaughter, while Slaughter does better with voters of her own party than does Brooks.

   “On health care, education and Afghanistan, voters give Slaughter a substantial edge. They favor her slightly on jobs and ever so slightly on taxes. Voters are divided on who is better on the federal budget deficit. When it comes to better representing the community’s interests in Washington, voters give Slaughter a nearly identical edge as they do in the horserace,” Greenberg said.

   Slaughter, a veteran of 13 terms in Congress, currently represents Buffalo. Her new 25th District takes in most of Monroe County as a result of reapportionment. Brooks is the Monroe County executive.

 --Robert J. McCarthy

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