New Yorkers Unhappy With How Biden Has Handled Migration in State, Poll Says

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( – A new Siena College poll released on Tuesday, October 24, found that the majority of New Yorkers are unhappy with how President Joe Biden has addressed the migration crisis in the state.

According to the poll, 64 percent of New Yorkers do not approve of Biden’s handling of the migrant situation in New York. When broken down according to party affiliation, 48 percent of Democrats, 91 percent of Republicans, and 72 percent of independents who participated in the poll feel this way. The poll further found that only 30 percent of New Yorkers approved of Mayor Eric Adams’ handling of the surge of migrants in New York City while 46 percent disapproved. Similarly, 52 percent disapproved of New York Gov. Kathy Hochul’s handling while only 37 percent approved of her performance.

Steven Greenberg, a Siena College pollster, noted that while in recent weeks, the news cycle has been focused on other issues both domestically and internationally, in New York immigration continues to be one of the top issues that New Yorkers think about. Specifically, 84 percent of the poll’s respondents stated that it was a “serious” problem, while of those 57 percent dubbed it as a “very serious” problem.

He said it is rare for people across all demographics to agree on the seriousness of a problem, yet 79 percent of several demographic groups including Republicans, Democrats, independents, Whites, Latinos, Blacks, Jews, and Catholics all agreed on the seriousness of this issue.

Despite the findings of this poll, Greenberg argued that New York continued to be a “true blue state” as 49 percent of registered voters were Democrats.

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