GOP Lee Zeldin 6 points behind Dem. Kathy Hochul

The gubernatorial race in New York is heating up as Republican gubernatorial candidate Rep. Lee Zeldin is just six points behind Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul in the latest co/effective poll.

The poll, taken two months before the election, showed Hochul only had a six-point lead.

Forty-nine percent of respondents said they would vote to elect the incumbent governor, and 43 percent said they would vote for Zeldin, who currently represents Eastern Long Island in the House. Eight percent said they were undecided.

A similar number of respondents viewed each candidate favorably, but Hochul had a higher unfavorable rating than Zeldin. Thirty-eight percent viewed Hochul favorably, while 45% viewed her negatively. At the same time, 36% said they viewed Zeldin favorably, while only 27% viewed it negatively.

The poll was taken the first week of September, just after Hochul was criticized for stretching ethics rules by receiving more than $475,000 in campaign donations from state officials appointed by his predecessor. disgraced former Governor Andrew Cuomo (D).

Breitbart News wrote at the time:

A longstanding New York executive order that Hochul reissued on his first day in office prohibits campaign donations from state officials appointed by the governor.

Despite this rule, Hochul has received more than $475,000 in campaign donations from at least 40 political appointees or their family members who serve on government boards and agencies.

However, Hochul’s team argued that the longstanding executive order did not apply to it because those donations came from state officials appointed by Cuomo.

The poll also showed that respondents viewed President Joe Biden unfavorably. Only 43% viewed it favorably, while 46% viewed it negatively. Biden’s approval rating being underwater in the state could potentially hurt Democrats in tough races.

The New York Governor’s survey was conducted Sept. 5-7 of 1,194 likely voters in the 2022 general election and had a margin of error of +/-3.32%.

Additionally, 50% of those polled were Democrats, while Republicans made up 34% of respondents. The self-employed represented 16%.

Jacob Bliss is a reporter for Breitbart News. Write to him at or follow him on Twitter @JacobMBliss.


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