Another poll shows Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Suffolk) closing in on Gov. Kathy Hochul in the New York gubernatorial contest — trailing the Democrat by only 6 points ahead of the Nov. 8 election.
The Survey USA-WHEC-TV Rochester poll of 702 likely voters released Thursday finds Hochul leading Zeldin 47% to 41%, with the remaining 8% undecided or backing someone else.
The previous Survey USA released on Aug. 23 showed Hochul ahead by 24 points — 55% to 31% for Zeldin.
“This massive 18-point swing underscores the enormous momentum and energy that has built to fire Kathy Hochul, secure our streets, and Save New York,” Zeldin said.
“New Yorkers are sick and tired of Hochul’s abysmal record on the issues most important to them — crime, the economy, corruption and more. Unfortunately for Hochul, we’re not slowing down.”
The SurveyUSA provides more evidence of a tightening race amid voters’ concerns about rising crime and inflation.
A Quinnipiac College poll released Tuesday had Hochul ahead by just 4 points — with 50% support among likely voters to 46% for Zeldin, the Long Island congressman.
An independent survey released last week by Schoen Cooperman Research also found Hochul slightly ahead by 6 points with 50% support from likely voters to 44% for Zeldin.
A Siena College survey, also released Tuesday, had Hochul up by 11 points — 52% to 41% — down from 17 points three weeks prior.
A recent Maris College poll showed Hochul in the lead by 8 points among — 52% to 44% — among respondents who said they would definitely vote.
The new Survey USA reveals a yawning 38-point gender gap.
Hochul, the state’s first female governor, led by 25 points among women — 55% to 30% for Zeldin.
Zeldin had a 13-point lead among men — 52% to 39%.
Hochul leads by 24 points in New York City, by 4 points in the suburbs, and trails Zeldin by 11 points upstate.
Zeldin leads by 7 points among white voters, while Hochul is ahead by 41 points among Black voters, 15 points among Latinos, and by 42 points among those of Asian or other descent.
Voters cited inflation (35% of respondents) and crime (18% of respondents) as the two most pressing issues.
The Long Island congressman is besting Hochul on these key concerns. Zeldin is favored by 12 points among voters who identified inflation as their top concern and by a better than 2-to-1 margin — 63% to 30% — among those who said crime in the most important issue.
Conversely, Hochul led by a staggering 80% to 10% among the 15% of voters who say abortion is the most important issue. Hochul favors abortion rights; Zeldin opposes abortion but said he would not advocate changes to New York’s abortion rights law.
The governor’s campaign didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.
Meanwhile, Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Democratic majority leader, leads conservative Republican TV commentator Joe Pinion 52% to 38%.
The Survey USA surveyed 702 likely voters from Oct. 14-18 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 5.4 percentage points.