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                        The Westchester County Association, Inc.                           

                        (914) 948-1168                                 


                                                                        For Immediate Release



Decision 2010 Poll Shows Dead Heat Between Nan Hayworth and John Hall


Large Percentage of Undecided Voters and Non-Party Voters May Swing the Election 


WHITE PLAINS, NY (October 8, 2010) The race for the U.S. House of Representatives 19th District in New York State between incumbent John Hall (D) (WF) and Dr. Nan Hayworth (R) (C) (I) is a dead heat, according to a RNN-TV/ Westchester County Association (WCA) Decision 2010 poll conducted by Iona College.


When asked whom they would vote for in the election, 42% said Hall, 42% said Hayworth and 16% were undecided. The candidates will go head to head at the third RNN-TV/WCA Call to Action Decision 2010 Debate to be held  6 PM, Wednesday, October 13 at 800 Westchester Avenue (Fifth Floor Auditorium), Rye Brook.


The 19th Congressional District is regarded as one of the key mid-term races in the U.S. Congress. The district includes northern Westchester and parts of  Dutchess, Orange and Rockland Counties.


    The poll, which has a margin of error of plus/minus 3.75%, was commissioned by

    RNN-TV in cooperation with the WCA Call to Action Campaign’s Decision 2010.    

   The poll included over 10,000 calls to registered voters on October 6 and   

   completed about 800 responses to voter preference questions.


   In addition to candidate preference, the respondents were also asked:


Į    Please tell us whether you have a favorable or unfavorable view of each candidate.

John Hall

Favorable view        44%   

Unfavorable view    38%   

Undecided               18%   

                      Nan Hayworth

                      Favorable view       41%   

Unfavorable view    31%   

Undecided              28%   


Jeanne Zaino, coordinator of the Iona College poll and a professor of political science at the school, noted that the large undecided block for Hayworth “demonstrates she may not have strong name recognition yet or the voters are uncertain about her platform.”


Į    Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?  The U.S. federal government has become so ineffective it is time to vote all current officials out of office and elect new people to serve.

            Agree             50%   

            Disagree        40%   

 Not Sure        11%   

“This poll result identifies a noticeable anti-incumbent sentiment that can play a big factor in this race as well as other regional and national contests,” Zaino added. 


Į    Voters were also asked to rank the issues that are of most concern to them. The results:

The economy: 50%

Taxes: 27%

Healthcare: 16%

Education: 7%.


Voters in this district see the economy as the big issue followed by taxes which mirror national sentiment and trends in other regional races.


Other notable findings:



“Given the statistical dead heat, non-party voters may prove instrumental in deciding the election,” Zaino stated.


The breakdown of undecided voters by party is:



The last WCA Call to Action Decision 2010 debate will be:


 Wednesday, October 20, 6 PM at 800 Westchester Avenue, Rye Brook

 5th Floor Auditorium     

 NY Senate District 37 (includes New Rochelle, Rye, White Plains, Harrison,

 Mamaroneck, New Castle, North Castle, Ossining and Scarsdale.)  Incumbent

 Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D) (WF) and challenger Bob Cohen 

 (R) (C) (I).


The debates are broadcast on Richard French Live on RNN-TV at 6 PM and are moderated by RNN-TV’s Richard French III and Caryn McBride, Executive Editor of the Westchester County Business Journal.


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Founded in 1940 by the Congregation of Edmund Rice Christian Brothers, Iona College is a private, coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of American Catholic higher education.  Iona - currently listed in the top tier of US News and World Report's annual "America's Best Colleges 2011"; The Princeton Review's Best Northeastern Colleges 2011 edition and Business Week's Top 25 Undergraduate Business Schools in the Northeast - offers undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and master of business administration degrees and numerous post-graduate certificate programs.