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ICYMI: Marist Poll Finds Gov. Kathy Hochul is Early Frontrunner in Democratic Gubernatorial Primary

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Gov. Kathy Hochul ​​has hit the ground running in her first 50 days as governor of New York, earning a solid lead in the 2022 gubernatorial primary according to a Marist poll, the first public survey on the race.

The poll shows Hochul with 44 percent support among registered Democrats in a hypothetical three-way primary. Gov. Hochul is also viewed favorably by the majority of respondents and favored by Democrats by a 70-19 margin.

Read key excerpts on Gov. Hochul’s lead below:

Politico: Marist poll: Hochul early frontrunner in potential primary

Gov. Kathy Hochul has a measurable but not overwhelming lead in a potential 2022 primary for the office she has occupied since August, according to a poll released by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion on Tuesday.

The poll is the first public survey on the race. Hochul has been clear that she plans to seek the Democratic nomination for a full term next June, while other Democrats like Attorney General Tish James and New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams have taken steps toward campaigns.

In a potential three-way race, Hochul received 44 percent support among registered Democrats, James received 28 percent and Williams received 15 percent. The remaining 13 percent of respondents were unsure.

In a hypothetical four-way race in which former Gov. Andrew Cuomo attempts a comeback, Hochul received 36 percent, James received 24 percent, Cuomo received 19 percent and Williams 9 percent, with 12 percent unsure.

Hochul was viewed favorably by 55 percent of all respondents and unfavorably by 30 percent. Among Democrats, she was viewed favorably by a margin of 70-19.

“The notion that she’s not well-known, and views of that sort, don’t hold up in the numbers: 70-19 is the kind of number you would want to go into a primary with,” Marist’s Lee Miringoff said at a Tuesday news conference. “James is at 58-13, which is a positive rating, but 28 percent are unsure.”


Pollsters spoke to 822 adults from Oct. 4 through Oct. 7, and these general numbers have a margin of error of 4.8 percent. They spoke to 389 registered Democrats, and the numbers on questions involving members of the party have a margin of error of 6.9 points.