Poll shows Hochul leading Zeldin in race for New York Governor


WSKG – A new poll by Siena College finds Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul leading Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin in the 2022 race to hold the state’s top elected post.

The poll finds Hochul ahead of Zeldin by 14 points at 53% to 39%.  Siena poll spokesman Steve Greenberg says the Democratic governor, who is seeking a full term in office, leads among Democrats, African Americans, and in New York City, while Zeldin is ahead in upstate. Among Independents, and in the New York City suburbs, the race is closer.

Rep. Lee Zeldin in Rensselaer County on Thursday, June 3, 2021 Credit: New York NOW

“Independent voters (are) closely divided,” Greenberg said. “44% with Zeldin, 42% with Hochul.”

But numerically, there are twice as many Democrats in the state than Independents or Republicans, so Zeldin would need to win over some Democratic voters in order to be victorious in November.

The poll also found that two-thirds of all New York voters oppose the decision by the US Supreme court to overturn the landmark abortion decision Roe v Wade, and three-quarters think abortion in some form should remain legal.  Hochul is pro-abortion rights, Zeldin is anti-abortion.