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Siena poll: Louise Slaughter leads Maggie Brooks, 52% to 42%

Rep. Louise Slaughter leads Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks by 10 percentage points among respondents to a Siena College survey in the campaign for the 25th District Congressional seat.

Slaughter, D-Perinton, running for her 14th two-year term in the House of Representatives, is favored by 52 percent of likely voters, with Republican Brooks favored by 42 percent, a poll released Thursday states.

“On health care, education and Afghanistan, voters give Slaughter a substantial edge,” Siena spokesman Steven Greenberg said in a statement. “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 (overall poll results).”

Slaughter has a 4-to-1 lead among voters in Rochester and a 4 percentage point lead in eastern Monroe County, the poll results. Brooks leads by 10 points in western Monroe County.

"I’m so grateful to the voters of Monroe County who are seeing through the special interest attacks and are standing with me to fight for Medicare, Social Security and local jobs,” said Slaughter in a statement responding to the poll.

“We know that right-wing outside groups will continue to flood the airwaves trying to distort my record, so we’ll be running an aggressive campaign to make sure middle-class families and jobs in Monroe County come before tax breaks for millionaires."

Brooks leads by 6 percentage points in the new portion of the district, which makes up two-thirds of the district. Slaughter has a 43-point lead in the part of the new district she currently represents, the poll shows.
“Louise Slaughter is running one of the most negative, divisive and deceitful campaigns in the nation, and she has proven time and time again that she will say and do anything to cling to power,” Brooks’ Campaign Manager Noah Lebowitz said. “A poll represents only one snapshot in time, and with our fact-based ad campaign just now kicking into high gear, Mrs. Slaughter would be wise not to spike the ball at the 50-yard line.”

Brooks is supported by 76 percent of Republicans in the district and leads 50-39 among independents. Slaughter is backed by 86 percent of the district’s Democrats.

Slaughter is viewed favorably by 59 percent of voters surveyed, with 36 percent viewing her unfavorably, the poll shows. Brooks’ is viewed favorably 51 percent and unfavorably by 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,” Greenberg said.

The survey was conducted Monday through Wednesday with telephone calls to 634 likely voters. The margin of error is 3.9 percent, poll representatives said.

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