By Eli Yokley
November 8, 2021 at 2:59 pm ET
More than two months after replacing disgraced New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Democrat Kathy Hochul is fairly popular among voters in the Empire State, according to new Morning Consult Political Intelligence tracking. But as she faces a competitive primary next year, Hochul has work to do to cement her standing with the party’s base, even if New York Democrats like what they see so far.
Hochul’s standing in New York is almost the inverse of how the state’s voters viewed Cuomo before he left office in disgrace amid two scandals involving allegations of sexual misconduct and an underreporting of COVID-19 deaths in the state’s nursing homes.
But while New Yorkers are more likely than not to give her good marks, this hasn’t stopped her from facing challenges in her own party, with New York Attorney General Letitia James already launching a 2022 gubernatorial bid and others still waiting in the wings. The impending contest raises the stakes of her standing among Democrats.
The latest survey was conducted Oct. 29-Nov. 7, 2021, among 3,968 registered voters in New York, including 1,821 Democrats, with a 2-point margin of error for both samples.