Seaton said he is also concerned that Tisei “seems a bit more conservative than I’d like.” For example, Seaton said, he believes tax increases could help solve the federal budget crisis. Tisei has declined to sign a no-new-taxes pledge but opposes Democratic plans to raise taxes on the wealthy by allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire for those earning more than $250,000 a year.
A small gender gap in the race favors Tisei. Men said they support Tisei 45 percent to 26 percent while women support Tierney by a narrower margin, 36 percent to 29 percent.
Daniel Fishman, a little-known Libertarian, is also in the race. Though he was not included in the poll, 2 percent of respondents said they would vote for a candidate other than Tierney or Tisei.