Yesterday, Siena Research Institute released poll results that put Democrat Louise Slaughter 10 points ahead of Republican Maggie Brooks among likely voters. Beyond the big picture, some other aspects of the results got my attention:
• While 86 percent of the surveyed Democrats said they'd vote for Slaughter, 76 percent of Republicans said they'd vote for Brooks. And 21 percent of Republicans said they'd vote for Slaughter versus 11 percent of Democrats who said they'd vote for Brooks.
• Brooks, however, did substantially better among independents, 50 percent of whom said they'd vote for her. Of the remaining independents, 39 percent said they'd vote for Slaughter and 11 percent were undecided.
• Slaughter polled better among women: 61 percent said they viewed her favorably compared to the 49 percent that viewed Brooks favorably.