Hevesi’s Popularity Plunges, According to Latest Poll

State Comptroller Alan Hevesi's popularity is plummeting, according to the latest poll numbers – proof the recent controversy over his use of a state employee to drive around his ailing wife is taking its toll on his re-election campaign.

The latest Marist poll numbers show a dramatic drop in support among likely voters.

Just a week ago, Hevesi held a commanding 40 percent lead over his Republican challenger, Christopher Callaghan. Now the race has tightened.

  • Hevesi holds the support of 50 percent of New York voters – that number is down 12 points from last week…
  • Callaghan's numbers have increased 16 points – he now has 38 percent of likely voters backing him…
  • 12 percent of voters are undecided…

It has been a rough week for Hevesi.

Attorney General Eliot Spitzer withdrew his endorsement of the Democratic candidate Thursday – that actually gives Callaghan an edge in the race, according to this latest poll.

Hevesi's removal would take a two-thirds vote by the State Senate.

So far, the comptroller, who is up for re-election, has refused to resign.

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