Quinnipiac: Booker holds 53-41% lead

Newark Mayor Cory Booker maintained his lead over U.S. Senate challenger Steve Lonegan in the latest Quinnipiac University Poll, and it showed the news regarding his social media exchanges with a stripper have not done much damage.

A 31-point lead among women overcomes his deficit among men, today’s poll showed. The Democrat holds a 53 – 41 percent likely voter lead over former Bogota Mayor Lonegan, the Republican.

There is a huge gender gap as women back Booker 62 – 31 percent, while men back  Lonegan 51 – 44 percent.

One week before the special election, 5 percent of New Jersey likely voters remain undecided and 6 percent who name a candidate say there is a “good chance” they will change their mind in the next seven days, the poll found.

“It’s still not the predicted blow-out, but with a week to go, Newark Mayor Cory Booker hangs on to a nice, if not exactly comfortable, double-digit lead,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “And despite the Stripper-Twitter Affair, Booker has a 2-1 lead among women, while men back Lonegan.”

From October 5 – 7, Quinnipiac University surveyed 899 New Jersey likely voters in the special U.S. Senate election, with a margin of error of +/- 3.3 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

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