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RELEASE: Quinnipiac Poll finds Hochul has slight lead over Zeldin, 50-46. 'In the blue state of New York, the race for governor is competitive... Hochul's narrow edge puts Republican Lee Zeldin well within striking distance of her.'
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QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY NEW YORK STATE POLL
HOCHUL HOLDS SLIGHT EDGE OVER ZELDIN IN NY GOVERNORíS RACE
The New York governorís race is tight with incumbent Kathy Hochul having a slight edge on Republican challenger Lee Zeldin 50 Ė 46 percent.
Hochul has a dominant lead in New York City, the suburbs are split, and Zeldin is leading upstate.
CRIME RANKS AS MOST URGENT ISSUE
Crime tops the list as the most urgent issue facing the state followed by inflation and protecting democracy.
SENATE RACE
Senator Chuck Schumer leads Republican challenger Joe Pinion 54 Ė 42 percent. Nearly 6 in 10 likely voters say they havenít heard enough about Pinion to form an opinion of him.
JOB APPROVALS
Governor Kathy Hochul: 46 percent approve, while 49 percent disapprove;
Senator Chuck Schumer: 51 percent approve, while 45 percent disapprove;
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: 45 percent approve, while 36 percent disapprove.

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Three weeks before Election Day, Democratic incumbent Kathy Hochul has a slight edge on Republican challenger Lee Zeldin 50 - 46 percent in the New York governor's race, according to a Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh- pea-ack) University poll of likely voters in New York State released today.

Democrats (91 - 8 percent) support Hochul, while Republicans (92 - 7 percent) and independents (57 - 37 percent) support Zeldin.

Hochul leads in New York City 59 - 37 percent. The race is very tight in the suburbs with Zeldin receiving 50 percent and Hochul receiving 49 percent. Zeldin leads upstate 52 - 44 percent.

Forty-four percent of likely voters have a favorable opinion of Hochul, while 45 percent have an unfavorable opinion of her, and 9 percent say they haven't heard enough about her.

Forty-three percent of likely voters have a favorable opinion of Zeldin, while 37 percent have an unfavorable opinion of him, and 18 percent say they haven't heard enough about him.

"In the blue state of New York, the race for governor is competitive. Democrats have cruised to victory in gubernatorial races since 2006, but Governor Hochul's narrow edge puts Republican Lee Zeldin well within striking distance of her,"
said Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Mary Snow.
MOST URGENT ISSUE

Asked to choose the most urgent issue facing New York State today, crime (28 percent) ranks first among likely voters followed by inflation (20 percent) and protecting democracy (14 percent).

There are wide gaps by political party.

Among Republicans, crime (42 percent) ranks first followed by inflation (31 percent).

Among Democrats, the top issues are protecting democracy (23 percent), crime (18 percent), and inflation (12 percent).

Among independents, crime (31 percent) ranks first followed by inflation (21 percent) and protecting democracy (11 percent).

"Across the board, crime ranks high on the list of pressing issues. Zeldin making crime a major part of his campaign could be where he's making inroads in this race,"
added Snow.
SENATE RACE

As Senator Chuck Schumer seeks a fifth term in the U.S. Senate, he leads his Republican challenger Joe Pinion 54 - 42 percent.

Democrats (94 - 4 percent) support Schumer, while Republicans (88 - 11 percent) and independents (50 - 42 percent) support Pinion.

Fifty-one percent of likely voters have a favorable opinion of Schumer, while 44 percent have an unfavorable opinion of him.

Twenty-six percent of likely voters have a favorable opinion of Pinion, while 14 percent have an unfavorable opinion of him, and 59 percent say they haven't heard enough about him.

VOTING

For the 2022 general elections, nearly 7 in 10 likely voters (68 percent) plan to vote in person on Election Day, 22 percent plan to vote in person at an early voting location, and 9 percent plan to vote early by mail or absentee ballot.

JOB APPROVALS

Job approval ratings for New York elected officials:

Governor Kathy Hochul: 46 percent approve, while 49 percent disapprove;
Senator Chuck Schumer: 51 percent approve, while 45 percent disapprove;
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: 45 percent approve, while 36 percent disapprove.
Forty-seven percent of likely voters approve of the way President Joe Biden is handling his job, while 50 percent disapprove.

TRUMP FAVORABILITY

Thirty-three percent of likely voters have a favorable opinion of Donald Trump, while 60 percent have an unfavorable opinion of him.

1,617 New York State likely voters were surveyed from October 12th - 16th with a margin of error of +/- 2.4 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Doug Schwartz, Ph.D. since 1994, conducts independent, non-partisan national and state polls on politics and issues. Surveys adhere to industry best practices and are based on random samples of adults using random digit dialing with live interviewers calling landlines and cell phones.

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