With Adams, who has not been accused of any wrongdoing, 33 percent of New York City voters said they thought he “did anything illegal”; 39 percent said he “did something unethical, but not illegal”; while 18 percent said he “did nothing wrong.”
Gov. Kathy Hochul also struggled during the vote. Only 43 percent of registered voters approved of the job she is doing as governor, while 44 percent disapproved.
“There is no good news for New York state’s top officials,” poll director Lee Miringoff said in a statement. “Governor Hochul’s reputation has deteriorated in the state; Mayor Adams faces a more negative constituency.
For Adams, he was most popular with black voters and older voters surveyed.
As for Hochul, only 39 percent of respondents said she was “changing the way things work in Albany for the better,” while 56 percent said she was not. She scored favorably on this question by a margin of 46% to 39 when Marist last asked it in October 2021, two months into her term.
A total of 59% of respondents said the “overall quality of life” in New York had “worsened” over the past year, while 11% said it had “improved.” .
The Siena College Research Institute was the only major independent polling organization to release numbers on New York state government in 2023. The new Marist numbers help confirm months of findings from Siena that Hochul is in the poll slump – a Siena survey released Monday found she was viewed favorably by 40 percent of registered voters and unfavorably by 43 percent.
Siena had a similar discovery on Adams last month in a statewide poll: his approval rating for his position was 30 percent positive and 46 percent negative as he expects to run for a second term in 2025.
Marist also asked voters what they thought of Hochul’s political ideology.
Among Democrats, 19 percent said she was “too liberal,” 18 percent said “too conservative” and 60 percent said “about right.” In total, 69 percent of Republicans and 55 percent of unaffiliated voters deemed her “too liberal.”
The poll found that 48 percent of registered voters said Sen. Chuck Schumer is doing an “excellent” or “good” job in office, while 51% said his performance is “fair” or “poor.” The senator Kirsten Gillibrand landed between 40 and 55 percent on this issue as she considers running for re-election next year.
Only 44 percent of New Yorkers approved of President Joe Biden’s job performance, while 53 percent disapproved.
Pollsters surveyed 1,556 registered voters Nov. 13-15. The statewide numbers have a margin of error of 3.2 points, while those for New York City have a margin of error of 5.3 points.