Hochul holds strong lead in first Democratic primary poll, Cuomo a distant third


Gov. Kathy Hochul holds a commanding lead in a potential Democratic primary race — with disgraced predecessor Andrew Cuomo placing third in one hypothetical matchup, according to survey results released Tuesday. The Marist Poll found Hochul leading Attorney General Letitia James, 44 percent to 28 percent, in a three-way race in which city Public Advocate Jumaane Williams trailed with just 13 percent. In a four-way race that added Cuomo to the mix, Hochul’s lead over James narrowed to 36-24, while the former governor was favored by 19 percent and Williams by a mere 9 percent, according to the Marist Institute for Public Opinion in Poughkeepsie. The percentages of respondents who were unsure about their choices were 13 and 12, respectively. Hochul also scored a 49 percent approval rating, and 56 percent of respondents called her a “good leader,” in the first public poll results released since she became governor Aug. 24, after Cuomo’s resignation in the face of sexual harassment allegations. “It’s fair to say that she is entering an election season as the early front-runner, with others — including former Gov. Andrew Cuomo — as underdogs,” Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Poll, said at a virtual press conference.

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