More than a third of New York voters are frustrated enough with state politics that they are considering leaving the state, according to a poll released Tuesday by nonpartisan Unite NY.
The poll, conducted by John Zogby Strategies, provides insight into the growing frustration among voters in the state, which has seen a steady stream of out-migration in recent decades.
“New Yorkers voting with their feet is what resulted in the loss of one (and nearly a second) seat in Congress, as our state has the highest level of emigration per capita in the nation,” said said Martin Babinec, the founder of Unite NY. “This poll demonstrates that our state’s approach to public policy is at the heart of both out-migration and lack of trust in the political system. These issues transcend party lines and state geography. , with New Yorkers demanding more voice in the workings of their government, who will represent them and for how long.
The poll found nearly half of voters, 46%, think the state is on the wrong track, with 37% saying it is on the right track. Two-thirds of voters, meanwhile, are in favor of opening the primaries to voters who are not registered in a party. The poll also found that more than 75% of voters would support term limits and changes to the campaign finance system.
The poll also found that nearly 65% of voters are also considering leaving New York due to high taxes, as well as the regulatory and political environment.
Meanwhile, the poll found Governor Kathy Hochul, a Democrat seeking a full term this year, held a 42 percentage point lead over New York City public attorney Jumaane Williams. On the GOP side, Representative Lee Zeldin attracts 28% of the vote against Andrew Giuliani who receives 26%.
Hochul leads Zeldin in a General Election match, 51% to 33%.
The poll of 1,000 New York voters was conducted from January 20 to January 21. It has a margin of error of 3.2 percentage points.