In the wake of Republican U.S. Senator-elect Scott Brown's win in Massachusetts, a notable proportion -- 45% -- of registered Democratic voters in New York State say they are worried that a Republican will defeat the state's Democratic senators running for office in November. This includes 11% of Democrats who report they are very worried about this scenario. A majority, however, are not concerned including 29% who say they are not very worried, and 26% who are not worried at all.
"The Massachusetts race caught the eye of many New York Democrats," says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist Institute for Public Opinion. "Many are worried but not panicking."
But, how strong is party loyalty? Looking at the overall statewide electorate, a slim majority of registered voters -- 51% -- don't think it makes any difference whether a Democrat or Republican is elected to represent New York in the U.S. Senate. 29% report it's more important to have a Democrat in Washington while 20% think a Republican is the best fit...
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