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Siena Poll: Over half of NY Dems want a different candidate than Biden in 2024, migrant issue looms big

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President Biden’s favorability and job approval ratings in New York have seen a decline, according to a recent Siena College poll. While Biden led former President Trump 46-37% in a hypothetical matchup, his margin narrows to just seven points when independents Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Cornell West are introduced.


The poll further revealed that 52% of Democratic voters would prefer a different nominee in the 2024 presidential race. Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg noted, “Biden has his worst-ever New York favorability and job approval ratings.”

The influx of migrants remains a significant concern for New Yorkers. A striking 84% of those polled view it as a serious problem, an increase from August’s 54%. The sentiment stretches across various demographics, including Democrats, Republicans, and independents. Mayor Eric Adams’ statement that the migrant issue “will destroy New York City” resonated with 58% of voters.

In other issues, 59% believe crime in the state has worsened over the past year. While voters support increased military and economic aid for Ukraine and Israel, opinions diverge on the Israel-Gaza situation. New York Governor Kathy Hochul’s favorability and job approval ratings have remained relatively stable, while Trump’s favorability saw a slight uptick.