Poll: Hochul Downgrades Among Voters Opposing Bills New Stadium Deal

Gov. Kathy Hochul’s performance ratings are at an all-time low, with voters overwhelmingly opposed to her massive stadium deal for the Buffalo Bills and nearly half saying they are ready to elect someone else in November, according to a new Siena College poll released Monday.

The results are likely to surprise former Governor Andrew Cuomo, whose resignation last August amid a sexual harassment scandal led Hochul to be the new governor. Cuomo, who has been running a publicity campaign and speaking at churches across the state, passed in the Democratic primary but has until the end of May to launch an independent general election ticket.

Hochul’s net job performance rating is -21 (36%-57%), down from -10 in a survey a month ago and -2 at the beginning of the year. Republicans and independents overwhelmingly disapprove of his performance, and while he has a positive rating (+13) among Democrats, even that is down substantially from March (+30).

The governor gets “fair” or “poor” ratings from 63% of voters on her handling of the economy, 69% on her handling of crime, and 65% on restoring confidence in government.

About 45% of voters in the survey said they were ready to elect someone else in November, compared to 40% who said they would be ready to elect Hochul for a full term. More than a quarter of Democrats and almost half of independents said they would prefer someone else.

The governor may already be feeling the pinch from her attempt to put $600 million in state funds into this year’s budget for a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills. Some 63% of voters said they disapproved, including 68% of upstate voters in the Bills’ heartland.

In fact, out of 26 different demographic divisions in the survey (gender, age, politics, region, religion, union membership and more), no group expressed more than 33% support for the stadium deal.

The poll was taken after Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin’s impeachment and resignation, though it didn’t seem to reflect on the governor: About two-thirds of voters surveyed said they didn’t have an opinion of him one way or the other.

The online and telephone poll of 806 registered voters was conducted April 18-21 and has a margin of error of 3.9 percentage points.

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Poll: Hochul Downgrades Among Voters Opposing Bills New Stadium Deal