(VitalNews.org) – New Yorkers are losing patience with their local Democratic politicians, according to a recent poll that revealed most view the migrant crisis as a serious problem and blame lawmakers for messing things up.
The poll, conducted by the Siena College, showed that more than half of New Yorkers, 52%, believe the migrant crisis is “very serious” and a whopping 82% believe it is serious.
New Yorkers were all polled on how they felt about their local Democratic politicians. While 35% said they approved of how New York Gov. Kathy Hochul is handling the crisis, 51% did not approve of her performance in office. Respondents were also asked about the Mayor of the Big Apple, Eric Adams, and 31% approved of him while 47% disapproved.
The poll didn’t just ask New Yorkers about their local Democrats, but also the Democrat in Chief, who did worst of all. A mere 34% approved of President Joe Biden and his administration’s handling of the situation; 59% weren’t happy with the job they’ve done.
One pollster from Siena College said both major parties and independents, whether in upstate New York or downstate, in a city or a suburb, all “agree that this influx is a problem.”
While Republican politicians push for stronger border control, Democratic politicians like Hochul believe just approving more of them for legal employment will fix it. She said that “scattering” migrants “all over the state” doesn’t allow the state “to manage the most important element” for a long-term solution, “which is to start the process to allow them to work.”
It appears the immigration and border issue will be the winning issue in New York for the 2024 presidential election according to these numbers. Lawmakers in the state are pressuring the federal government to do more as the number of new arrivals continues to rise and New York City’s resources are strained by the influx of over 100,000 in the last 15 months.
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