LOUDONVILLE – Gov. Kathy Hochul carries a comfortable lead of over Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin almost a month away from the general election, the latest Siena Research Institute poll found.
SRI found the Democratic incumbent 17 points above the Long Island congressman, 54% to 37%. Her numbers are up slightly from August when the two were surveyed at 53% to 39%.
Hochul holds a commanding lead from 81% of Democratic voters surveyed, unchanged since August.
Hochul’s favorability rating is 46% to 41% — barely changed since last month. Zeldin’s favorability rating is low, 31% to 33% favorability rating. It’s down slightly from 31-28%,
In the poll, 36% of likely voters had no opinion of the Republican.
“Not surprisingly, Hochul dominates in New York City, leads by five points in the downstate suburbs, after trailing there by three points in August, while upstaters break virtually even,” said Siena College pollster Steve Greenberg.
In order to solidify support, Zeldin would have to make gains with more Republicans and independent voters, as well as a few more Democrats. He currently holds a narrow lead on independent voters, 45% to 42%.
“In the eight weeks since the last Siena poll, little has changed in the overall dynamic of the gubernatorial or any of the statewide races,” Greenberg said. “The four Democratic incumbents had leads between 14 and 21 points over their Republican challengers in August, and now have leads of between 16 and 23 points.”
Greenberg was referring to Sen. Chuck Schumer, who leads Republican Joe Pinion by 19 points (55% to 36%); state Attorney General Letitia James, who leads Republican Michael Henry by 16 points (50% to 36%) and state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, who leads Republican Paul Rodriguez 23 points (52% to 29%).