With election three weeks away, Hochul’s Siena poll lead down in NY governor’s race


(Loudonville, NY) – Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul’s lead over Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin is 11 points, down from 17 points three weeks ago. Hochul leads Zeldin 52-41%, down from 54-37% in September, according to a new Siena College Poll of likely New York State voters.

“Over the last three weeks, Zeldin has narrowed the deficit he must overcome from 17 points to 11 points in trying to become the first Republican in 20 years to win statewide,” said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg. “However, with three weeks to go, Hochul maintains the upper hand, based on the 84-10% support she gets from Democrats, who represent half of the state’s enrolled voters.

“Hochul maintains a commanding lead in New York City, 70-23%, however, her five-point lead in the downstate suburbs in September has turned into a four-point lead for Zeldin in October. Zeldin’s lead upstate is four points, up from one point in September,” Greenberg said.

Hochul has dumped millions and millions of taxpayers’ dollars into New York City for an A-Z smorgasbord of programs, including so-called crime prevention while violent felonies increase despite pleas from NYC law enforcement to fix cash-free bail laws.

“Women continue to give Hochul a two-to-one lead, 61-32%; however, men have flipped and now favor Zeldin by five points, after favoring Hochul by four points last month. Hochul has an overwhelming 92-2% lead with Black voters, a 56-38% lead with Latinos, and white voters are virtually evenly divided, after favoring Hochul by 10 points in September.”