Hochul leads Zeldin by six points before early voting begins

Hochul leads Zeldin by six points before early voting begins

Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin trailed Gov. Kathy Hochul by just six points in two new polls released Friday as her re-election battle continues. Sunday is the first day of early voting.

In a poll released this morning by the left-leaning Slingshot Strategies, incumbent Gov from 48% to 42%, 24% of voters say crime is their top issue, 14% for inflation and 10% for gun violence.

“We’re seeing a real enthusiasm gap where Zeldin is actually more likely to turn out,” Slingshot pollster Jeff Coote told reporters.

He noted that Democrats should be concerned that Hochul has only 52% support among union households, compared to 40% for his GOP challenger, and that Zeldin has only 67% of black voters against Zeldin, who has reached the critical threshold of at least 30% support. . New York City.

The poll of 1,000 likely voters, which had a margin of error of 3.1%, was not the only sign that Hochul’s standing with voters continued to decline. his Wednesday debate against Zeldin.

Closed polls were released on Friday.
Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin trailed Gov. Cathy Hochul by six points.
Dennis A. Clark

A second poll was released a few hours later PIX11 News/Emerson College Polling/The Hill found Hochul 50% to 44% against Zeldin, who had gained nearly 10 points in polls to beat the largely ignored Hochul, who campaigned on voters’ concerns about public safety and rising prices. his attacks in recent months.

His campaign declined to comment on the two polls Friday.

A September poll by PIX11 News/Emerson College Polling/The Hill had the Democratic president ahead by 15 points. 50% to 35% more than Zeldin before independent voters began to swing toward Zeldin.

In a poll of 1,000 likely voters before the Nov. 8 deadline, female independents favored Zeldin 58% to 37%, while female independents favored the Long Island poll 46% to 45%. .

“The energy, the momentum is not filled by real and niche Republicans — it’s Republicans and Democrats and independents,” Zeldin said during a campaign rally in Brooklyn, where he drew the endorsement of the 3,900-member Metro Supervisors Association. Thursday’s MTA bus robbery.

“People in government need to have their riders’ backs, and people in government need to take back our streets and restore safety,” Zeldin added.

A new Emerson poll found that 33% of voters see the “economy” as a top issue in the race against Hochul, followed by 15% “threats to democracy”, 13% crime and 11% abortion.

Bail reform has led to an increase in crime.
Hochul has been criticized for recent crime and bail reform.
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A total of 57% of voters blamed the controversial changes to cash bail laws for increasing crime, while 28% said it had no effect and 16% said it had led to a decrease in crime.

According to the Emerson poll, 46% to 36% say the Empire State should block more immigrants from other states, while 19% have no opinion.

Hochul, defending his criminal record, said 8,000 illegal guns were seized last year after Friday’s event in Queens, where he announced the creation of the Office of Sustainable Homes and Communities on the tenth anniversary of the fight against climate change. Hurricane Sandy.

“I’ve always said that I’m a bit of a person. I’ve been on the job for a short time,” said Hochul, who replaced the disgraced former governor. Andrew Cuomo told reporters after his resignation last year.

“People in Queens know me, they know me in Far Rockaway, they know me in every corner of the state. So this is to convey the message of what I was able to do as governor last year,” he said.

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