Teachout claims lead five-point lead over Faso in new poll

John Faso and Zephyr Teachout (photos by Phyllis McCabe)

John Faso and Zephyr Teachout (photos by Phyllis McCabe)

A poll by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee shows Zephyr Teachout holding a five-point lead over Republican John Faso in the race for New York’s 19th Congressional District. The poll comes five weeks after a survey commissioned by the Faso campaign showed the former state Assembly minority leader holding an identical lead over Teachout.

According to a memo released by the DCCC on Monday, Teachout leads Faso by a 47 percent to 42 percent margin with 11 percent undecided. The poll was conducted among 532 general election voters in the district via both live and automated phone interviewers on Sept. 13 and 14. The survey reports a margin of error of plus or minus 4.2 percent. The poll shows Teachout with significant leads among voters under 44 years old and a ten point advantage among women. The only previous poll reported in the race was an internal survey commissioned by Faso’s campaign in early August that was obtained by the website Politico.com. The poll by McLaughlin and Associates Found the Republican candidate leading Teachout by five points. The nonpartisan Siena Research Institute is expected to carry out its own poll sometime next month.

On Tuesday, Faso dismissed the latest polling as biased and unscientific. “It’s a robocall,” said Faso. “It has no statistical validity. It’s not worth the paper it’s printed on.”