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Poll finds frustration over state politics driving residents out of New York

Feb 02, 2022 5:30 am

Nick Reisman is reporting for State of Politics more than 30 percent of New York voters are considering moving out of the state because they are frustrated with state politics, according to a poll released February 1, by the non-partisan organization Unite NY. The poll was conducted by John Zogby Strategies. The survey offers some insight into the frustration felt by voters, which has been a contributor to the steady flow of outmigration for the last several decades. Martin Babinec, the founder of Unite NY said, "This poll demonstrates that our state’s approach to public policy is at the heart of both outmigration and the lack of confidence in the political system. These issues cut across party lines and state geography with New Yorkers clamoring for more say in how their government operates, who will represent them, and for how long.” The poll found nearly half respondents, 46 percent, believe the state is on the wrong track, with 37 percent saying it is on the right track. Two-thirds of voters, meanwhile, are supportive of opening primaries to voters who are not registered in a party. The poll also found more than 75 percent of voters would support term limits and changes to the campaign finance system. The poll also found nearly 65 percent of voters are also considering leaving New York because of high taxes, as well as the regulatory and political environment. Zogby also found that Gov. Kathy Hochul currently holds a 42 point lead over fellow Democrat, New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams. On the GOP side, U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin is ahead of Andrew Giuliani by two points. Hochul leads Zeldin in a general election, 51 to 33 percent. Read the full story at nystateofpolitics [dot] com.