The hours are ticking until polls open for Primary Day and in Albany, all eyes are on the democratic mayoral candidates as one of them is likely to become the next mayor, based on the makeup of the city. A YNN/Siena Research Institute Poll gives us a better idea of who will come out on top. Innae Park breaks down the numbers.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- "They like him, they like her even more. And it's across the board," said Steve Greenberg, Siena College pollster.
In the final stretch before the primary election, a new YNN/Siena Research Institute poll shows city treasurer Kathy Sheehan seizing an even more commanding lead over opponent Corey Ellis for the Albany mayoral seat.
Greenberg said, "Back at the end of July, she had a 31 point lead. Now that lead is expanded to 48 points."
Among likely Democratic voters in the city, 68 percent say they would vote for Sheehan, 20 for Ellis.
"You have far more than half of the voters saying an economic issue is the key and that does play well for Kathy Sheehan," Greenberg said.
Voters were given six different options to pick from for the single most important issue in selecting a candidate. Economic development was number one, a topic both addressed in YNN's exclusive debate last week.
Greenberg said, "They think the next mayor can address the problems, the serious problems facing the City of Albany."
In fact, 72 percent of those polled have the faith that the next mayor will be successful.
That may be piggybacking on the view of current Mayor Jerry Jennings, who has a favorability rating of 65 percent.
"After 20 years of being mayor, it's phenomenal how strongly he's doing," Greenberg said. "Whoever that next mayor is going to be is going to have some big shoes to fill and expectations to meet."
But thus far, these candidates are fitting the bill, with 58 percent of voters having a favorable view of Ellis and an impressive 76 percent for Sheehan.
"Seventy-six percent say they like the current crop of candidates, 19 percent say they would've preferred to see someone else. So that's another indication that you have two candidates that the voters of the city like," Greenberg said.
Based on the poll, that 'like' must turn into something much stronger for Ellis to overtake Sheehan.