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ALBANY - Gov. Kathy Hochul retained a double-digit lead in her bid for a full term against her Democratic foes next year, a poll released Tuesday found.
The Siena College poll of New York Democrats showed Hochul with 36% support in a potential June primary, with 18% backing Attorney General Letitia James; 10% for New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams; and 6% each for Rep. Tom Suozzi and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is likely to enter the contest.
“Hochul continues to have a double-digit lead over her opponents in the Democratic gubernatorial primary and, unlike what is often seen in early polls, it is not completely based on name recognition," Steven Greenberg, a spokesman for the Siena poll, said in a statement.
Voters put job creation, fighting crime and managing the COVID-19 pandemic as their top three issues in the governor's race and for the state Legislature, which returns in January for a six-month session.
Greenberg said Hochul and James had similar favorability ratings among all voters in the poll, but de Blasio, whose term expires at year's end, was "the most known — and most disfavored — candidate among all voters and with just Democrats.”
Hochul succeeded Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who resigned in scandal in August, and has vowed to seek her own four-year term.
Her favorability in the latest Siena poll was 42% to 28% — little changed from October.
“With all the candidates trying to introduce themselves to voters and stand out among a growing field, Hochul has the advantage of incumbency and the largest bully pulpit and it appears to be helping her in this early going," Greenberg said.
The poll was conducted Nov. 29 to Dec. 3 among 785 New York registered voters. It had a margin of error of 4.0 percentage points.
Joseph Spector is the Government and Politics Editor for the USA TODAY Network's Atlantic Group, overseeing coverage in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware. He can be reached at JSPECTOR@Gannett.com or followed on Twitter: @GannettAlbany
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This article originally appeared on New York State Team: New York governor's race: Hochul retains leads, Siena poll says