ICYMI: New Poll Finds Gov. Kathy Hochul with Decisive Lead in Democratic Primary
Poll after poll continues to show New York Gov. Kathy Hochul with a solid lead over her opponents in the race for governor. A new Siena poll found Gov. Hochul leading the Democratic primary field by 18 points.
The new poll is consistent with all recent public polling of the race, which has repeatedly found Gov. Hochul with a double-digit lead over the rest of the field.
According to the poll, a majority of New Yorkers believe Gov. Hochul works hard for New York and demonstrates both honesty and integrity. The poll also found the name ID of all Democratic candidates to be roughly equal, indicating that Gov. Hochul’s popularity and job approval are the key factors that have her dominating the field.
“Just over 100 days since taking office, Gov. Hochul has delivered on the issues that matter most — from getting housing assistance to the people who need it, to taking action to keep kids safe in schools,” said DGA Communications Director David Turner. “She’s presented a positive vision for the future of the state that’s strongly resonated with New York voters, who continue to overwhelmingly favor her leadership.”
Read more about Gov. Hochul’s consistently strong poll numbers below:
Gov. Kathy Hochul has an 18-point lead over her closest opponent in next year’s Democratic primary, according to a poll released by the Siena College Research Institute on Tuesday morning.
The finding is consistent with every public poll in recent months, as well as some private polls that have been publicly released.
Hochul is backed by 36 percent of respondents who identified as Democrats, according to Siena. That figure led Attorney General Tish James (18 percent), Public Advocate Jumaane Williams (10 percent), and Rep. Tom Suozzi (6 percent). New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has not yet entered the race, was supported by 6 percent.
In an October Siena poll that did not include Suozzi, Hochul (39 percent) led James (20 percent), de Blasio (10 percent) and Williams (8 percent).
In the current poll, Hochul led the field in 22 of the 23 demographic groups. Her lead was commanding in some of these categories: She led James 53-10 among Jewish respondents, 47-14 among Catholic voters, and 55-8 among upstaters.
“Unlike what is often seen in early polls, [Hochul’s lead] is not completely based on name recognition,” said Siena pollster Steve Greenberg. “After all, Hochul and James have very similar favorability ratings among all voters — with nearly identical favorability ratings among Democrats — and de Blasio is the most known — and most disfavored — candidate among all voters and with just Democrats.”
The poll surveyed registered voters, rather than likely primary participants. There were 785 respondents, including 399 Democrats, and the questions that deal with the Democratic primary have a margin of error of 5.4 points.