Hochul Leads First Major Governor Race Poll

NEW YORK -
Exterior view of the New York State Capitol Monday, Aug. 23, 2021, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

The first major poll for New York governor indicated that if the 2022 Democratic primary would be held tomorrow, current governor Kathy Hochul would beat other potential competitors.

A Marist Poll released Tuesday took the pulse of what New Yorkers thought of Hochul, former governor Andrew Cuomo, and potential candidates Letitia James and Jumaane Williams.

If the governor’s race was between Hochul, Attorney General James and Public Advocate Williams, Hochul would emerge victorious with 44%. James and Williams would have 28% and 15% of the vote respectively, a combination just below Hochul at 43%. An additional 13% said they were unsure.

Though 54% believe New York is headed in the wrong direction, they have no desire to return to the previous style of executive leadership. 77% of New Yorkers, including 74% of registered Democrats, do not want Cuomo to run again.

If Cuomo were to run, Hochul would still beat the rest with 36%, James would have 24%, Cuomo would be in the third with 19%, and Williams would be last with 9%. This time, 12% said they were unsure.

The poll did not include other potential candidates, such as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Hochul is the only one who has formally declared their candidacy.

47% of New Yorkers approve of the job Hochul is doing on the economy and 55% approve of her handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Among all polled New Yorkers, 49% approve of Hochul’s two month tenure as governor, and 56% agreed that she is a “good leader” for the state.

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