Spin Cycle

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"There is not yet an identifiable Gillibrand brand to take the electorate," said David Birdsell, of Baruch College, in an interview with Newsday’s Tom Brune. But Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand tells Brune as reported in this story that she’s no Martha Coakley, the Massachussetts Democrat who lost a Senate seat to GOP’er Scott Brown.

Today, The Marist poll reports that “24% of registered voters in New York State think Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is doing either an excellent or good job in office. Her approval rating is little changed from Marist's previous survey. Last November, 25% gave her high marks.”

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Thirty percent of Democrats said they were unsure of their impressions of Gillibrand, according to the poll results, available here.

In addition, Sen. Charles Schumer's approval numbers are at their lowest levels since 2001, the survey reports.