Siena’s sixth congressional poll finds GOP freshman Rep. Chris Gibson with a comfortable 52-36 lead over his Democratic challenger, Julian Schreibman, among likely voters.

But the race is considerably closer in the new, Hudson Valley portion of the newly drawn 19th congressional district.

Schreibman, a former Ulster County Democratic chairman, is within two percentage points of Gibson in the Ulster and Dutchess county portions of NY-19 that were added in the court-mandated House redistricting plan.

Gibson’s current district, NY-20, skews further to the North, but that part of the district is now represented by Democratic Rep. Bill Owens, who is being challenged by Republican Matt Doheny.

The congressman is doing quite well in the old part of the district, which he has represented since he defeated Scott Murphy in 2010.

(Murphy succeeded former Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand when she was tapped by ex-Gov. David Paterson to fill Hillary Clinton’s remaining term in the US Senate).

Gibson has what Siena pollster Steve Greenberg called a “commanding” 35-point lead in the counties surrounding Albany, and a 14-point lead in the western section of the district.

Overall, Gibson has nearly a two-to-one lead in the portion of NY-19 that he currently represents, and leads by five points in the new portion of the district.

Greenberg said Gibson has solidified his base, garnering the support of 83 percent of Republicans. He leads by 16 points with independents.

Schreibman is ahead 69-21 among Democrats, but it will take a better showing than that for him to defeat Gibson in November.

Schreibman’s biggest problem is name recognition, of which he has very little. He’s unknown to nearly two-thirds of NY-19 residents, including more than half of those who say they plan to vote for him.

Those who do have an opinion about Schreibman are evenly divided between viewing him favorably and unfavorably.

Gibson, on the other hand, has a 15-point net positive favorability rating, including 56-29 percent favorability in the portion of the district he now represents.

By margins of between 13 and 22 points, voters say Gibson will do a better job in Washington representing them on all issues.

President Obama has a narrow 49-45 lead over Mitt Romney. Likely voters side with Obama over Romney on most issues, although they favor repeal of “Obamacare” (formally known as the Affordable Care Act), 50-46.

CD19 September 2012 Crosstabs