New York voters overwhelmingly believe the recent influx of migrants in the state is a serious problem, according to a Siena College poll released Tuesday morning.

The poll found 82% of voters found the migrant situation that has plagued the state since May to be a serious problem, with a slim majority — 54% — calling it "very serious."

Also a majority — 58% — say that New Yorkers have already done enough and should now work to slow the flow of migrants, the poll found.

A plurality of voters also said that migrants resettling in New York over the last 20 years or so has been a "burden," not a "benefit" to the state. 

"By a 50-40% margin, voters support relocating new migrants from temporary New York City housing to permanent housing in communities across the state," Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg said. "It is strongly supported by Democrats and New York City voters, while Republicans are strongly opposed, and independents and non-City voters are closely divided but leaning toward opposition."

Regarding Gov. Kathy Hochul, the poll found voters disapprove 51-35% of the job she is doing to address the migrant situation, while New York City Mayor Eric Adams gets a 47-31% disapproval rating. The Biden administration also gets an underwater rating of 59-34% disapproval, according to the poll.

Overall, Gov. Hochul has a 40-46% favorability rating, which is down from 42-43% in June. Her job approval rating stands at 46-46%, down from 48-44% in June and 56-36% in January, the poll found.

"Hochul’s job approval rating has fallen in five consecutive Siena College polls since her highest ever approval in January, when she was 20 points positive, to now her lowest ever approval," Greenberg said. "In February, it was 16 points positive, 11 points in March, six in May, and four in June. It’s now break even, a loss of 20 points since the start of the year,” Greenberg said. “Voters approve of the job Hochul is doing to address climate change 46-39%, but they are break even on her managing of the state’s finances and increasing affordable housing."

Looking ahead to the 2024 presidential election, the poll found President Joe Biden has a 46-50% favoravility rating in New York, down from June. Among Democrats, 47% want Biden as the party’s presidential nominee in 2024 and 46% want someone else, down from 54-40% in June. Trump dominates the GOP primary field, with 64% of Republicans saying they would vote for him in the 2024 primary contest, while 27% prefer "someone else."

Biden leads former President Donald Trump 47% to 34% in a hypothetical matchup in the state and 58% of voters say Trump should have been indicted in the Mar-a-Lago documents case while 61% feel the same about the 2020 election case. Voters are evenly divided on whether Biden should face a House impeachment inquiry. 

"If there are federal trials, New Yorkers of all stripes want to be able to watch,” Greenberg said. “Televising the trials – requiring the current prohibition to be waived – is favored by 70% of Democrats, 58% of Republicans, 54% of independents, and at least 60% of voters from every region of the state.”

The poll was conducted August 13-16 among 803 registered voters. Of them, 503 were contacted through a dual frame (landline and cell phone) mode and 300 respondents were drawn from a proprietary online panel.


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