According to a new poll, Republican candidate for Governor- Rep. Lee Zeldin is within striking distance of Democrat Kathy Hochul, trailing New York’s incumbent Governor by a mere 6 points.
Conducted by the polling firm co/efficient, the survey that included 1,194 participants, showed 49% backing Hochul, 43% supporting Zeldin, and 8% undecided. “It is a competitive race, more than most people assume. It’s an uphill battle for Zeldin but a winnable race,” said Ryan Muncie, president of the co/efficient polling firm. “The intensity of voters is definitely on the right but whether that’s enough to overcome the Democratic registration advantage remains to be seen,” he added.
As per the poll, Zeldin split the Hispanic vote with Hochul 41% to 41% with 18% of respondents undecided amid worries about crime and inflation. Zeldin took the lead among independent voters not affiliated with a political party, standing at 52% to Hochul’s 38%.
Zeldin also led Hochul on her upstate turf in the western NY/Buffalo region 54% to 38% and is up by 21 points in the central NY/Syracuse region. On the other hand, Hochul leads Zeldin in Democrat-dominated New York City, 61% to 28% with 11% undecided.
Meanwhile, Zeldin and Hochul are in a dead heat on the lawmaker’s Long Island turf — 48% to 47%. They’re also tied in the Hudson Valley suburban counties north of New City, 48% to 48%.
In a Sunday address, Zeldin said, “With every new Hochul scandal, pro-criminal laws like cashless bail, DAs like Alvin Bragg refusing to enforce the law, and punishing taxes and an ever rising cost of living, New Yorkers are hitting their breaking point and getting more and more energized to fire Kathy Hochul and save our state.”
The above survey of 1,194 likely voters was conducted from Sept. 5 through Sept. 7 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.