Poll: Hochul’s unfavorability rating reaches new high

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New York voters give a resounding “no” when asked if Gov. Kathy Hochul made progress on her goals for 2022.

Those results are from a Siena Research Institute poll released Tuesday morning.

The data showed 19% of people polled, strongly approve of the job the governor is doing, while 30% strongly disapprove. Her favorability rating dipped slightly – but her unfavorability rating of 43% is a new high.

Meantime, her Republican challenger in this past election, Lee Zeldin, now has a 46% favorability rating. That’s up 18 points from before the election.

The poll also asked voters what issues are considered top priorities for 2023. Nearly two thirds of people say the cost of living should be one of two top priorities for the governor and lawmakers in the new year. Crime follows that at 58%. Affordable housing is third.

The environment, public health and racial justice issues rounded out the last three issues considered important for 2023.