Albany – A pair of polls released early Tuesday show Governor Hochul with a healthy lead over Lee Zeldin ahead of November’s general election.
Democratic incumbent Hochul is 14 points ahead of the Long Island Republican among potential voters, according to a poll conducted by Siena College. In a second Emerson poll conducted simultaneously, Hochul leads Zeldin by 16 points.
Spencer Kimball, executive director of Emerson College Polling, said the governor has a “commanding lead” in the city, 63% to 17%, he is behind Zeldin in the surrounding suburbs by 49% to 43%, and statistically even with him. is upward
Democrats outnumbered registered GOP voters in New York by a vast 2 to 1 margin, giving Hochul a comfortable base, as Zeldin hopes to become the first Republican to win statewide office in nearly two decades.
Sienna pollster Steven Greenberg said, “Fourteen weeks is a long time in politics, and we know that most voters don’t really start focusing on elections (until) after Labor Day.
Hochul’s 46%-41% favorability rating in the Siena poll is essentially unchanged from June, while 52% of respondents gave the governor a positive approval rating.
The Buffalo native is seeking a full term in office after replacing disgraced former governor Andrew Cuomo last summer.
Cuomo was facing impeachment when he resigned last August amid allegations of sexual harassment of several employees and state employees. He has denied any wrongdoing.
According to Sienna, Zeldin has a 31%-28% favorability rating, with 41% either having no opinion or have never heard of it, up from 21-22-57% in June.
“Zeldine’s name recognition has certainly been boosted by his primary victory and is now focusing on both Republican energy and the Democrats’ goal,” Greenberg said.
The Siena poll found that Hochul’s fellow Democrats all have an equally large lead in New York’s statewide race.
Attorney General Letitia James is ahead of her Republican challenger Michael Henry 50%-36%, while State Controller Tom DiNapoli is ahead of Republican Paul Rodriguez 51-30%.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) has a 21-point lead over Republican Joe Pinion, 56%-35%.
Poll also found widespread support for a new law that tightens eligibility requirements for obtaining a permit to carry a concealed weapon.
The “lowest” support recorded was among conservatives, who still favor the new law 71-27%.
Other parts of the law, which were approved by the US Supreme Court after overturning a century-old law limiting the carrying of concealed weapons in New York, are also popular with most voters.
“There is also strong support for prohibiting concealed weapons by 60-34% in sensitive locations and requiring 63-32% for private businesses to allow concealed weapons on their premises,” Greenberg said.
New Yorkers also strongly support keeping abortion legal in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Prior to the recent decision to undo 50 years of legal protection for abortion at the federal level, New Yorkers said they wanted the nation’s highest court to uphold Roe 60-24%.
“Today, 68% say they oppose the decision to reverse the row, eliminating the constitutional right to abortion,” Greenberg said.
According to the poll, 88% of Democrats, 75% of independents and 50% of Republicans, believe that abortion should always or mostly be legal.