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Cost of living, crime, and affordable housing are top-issues, according to New Yorkers in latest Siena Poll

Governor Kathy Hochul has a lot of work to do, and came up short on several goals for 2022, a new Siena Poll shows.

This includes making communities safer, enhancing trust in state government, transforming SUNY into the envy of the nation, and making the state a place people want to live, not leave.

Crime, cost of living, and affordable housing were the top issues in the latest poll released by Siena.

Half of voters who were surveyed believe the state is headed in the wrong direction, which is to be expected in a state that saw the closest gubernatorial race in decades.

Significantly more of those surveyed, approximately 60%, believe the state’s fiscal condition is poor. Just under 60% of New Yorkers believe the country is headed in the wrong direction.


Crime data was the clearest to come from the poll. A sum 90% of all voters believe crime is the #1 issue in New York.

“Voters can’t say it clearly enough,” Siena College pollster Steve Greenberg said. “They’ve said crime is a serious problem for a year; they see it as a serious problem now; they don’t think Hochul has made progress on making communities safer; and, they want their elected officials to address it as a top priority in 2023.”

Hochul retained a 45% approval rating in the poll.



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