Poll: Hochul has wide lead in potential primary race

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A new Siena Research Institute poll looks at the Democratic primary for governor in 2022. In a potential five-way primary, the poll finds Gov. Hochul leading with 31%, followed by former Gov. Cuomo with 17%.

  • 31% — Gov. Kathy Hochul
  • 17% — former Gov. Andrew Cuomo
  • 14% — State Attorney General Letitia James
  • 7% — New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams
  • 6% — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

The primary will be next June.

When it came to Hohul’s job performance, 43% of respondents rated her as excellent or good. Unsurprisingly, she scores better with Democrats, at 59%. Only 25% of Republicans like the job she’s doing and just 30% of independent voters approve of her performance.

The poll also looked at what issues that are very important to New Yorkers:

  • 82% — Reducing crime in communities across the state
  • 61% — Addressing systemic racism
  • 58% — Ensuring more New Yorkers get the COVID-19 vaccine
  • 48% — Making sure landlords are reimbursed for lost rent due to eviction moratorium
  • 28% — Putting in place the system to begin retail sale of recreational cannabis in NY

Click here to read the entire poll.