Almost three-quarters of New Yorkers who participated in a Siena Research Institute poll said Jews in New York are experiencing antisemitism, with 75% saying it has only increased since the October 7 Hamas attacks.
The poll of registered New York voters, released Monday morning, also shows 62% of respondents say Muslims in the state are experiencing Islamophobia, with 59% saying it's increased since Oct. 7.
Don Levy, the Siena Research Institute director, says the poll shows "a strong majority" sides with Israel in its war in Gaza, with the poll finding almost six of every 10 people polled saying the Hamas attacks should be condemned without explanation or hesitation. Twenty-five percent, meanwhile, say they condemn the attacks but believe them to be the result of decades of Israel's treatment of Palestinians. Of those polled, only 30% say the killing of Palestinian civilians should be condemned without hesitation or explanation, and 54% of respondents said they condemn the killing of innocent Palestinian civilians in Gaza, but that Israel had no choice but to attack Hamas after the Oct. 7 attacks.
“As might be expected, more than 90% of Jews say both the Hamas attacks should be condemned without explanation and that Israel had no choice but to attack Hamas,” Levy said in a press release. “While all voters say Hamas attacks should be condemned without explanation by 34 points, liberals only agree by a 13-point margin. Liberals also narrowly say, 46-43%, that the death of Palestinian civilians should be condemned without hesitation.”
Among Jewish respondents, 95% think antisemitism has increased since Oct. 7, but only 24% say Muslims are experiencing "a great deal of Islamophobia," Levy said.
The poll also covered potential presidential election matchups, with President Joe Biden leading Republican frontrunner and former president Donald Trump by 10 points in a head-to-head 2024 race.
Biden has a 46-36% lead on Trump among those polled, a small change from last month's poll; when including outsider candidates Robert Kennedy Jr. and Cornel West, Biden holds a 37-28% advantage over Trump, with Kennedy polling at 18% and West at 5%.
While Trump is supported by 87% of Republicans responding, only 41% of Democrats polled say they want Biden as the party's nominee, with 55% seeking another candidate for 2024.
"Three-quarters of young Democrats want a nominee other than Biden,” Levy said. “There is no consensus on who that should be, as 10% say Robert Kennedy, Jr., 8% say Gavin Newsom, and 7% say Vice President Kamala Harris.”
Gov. Kathy Hochul's favorability rating is at 40%, which shows very little change from an October poll. Her job approval rating rose slightly among those polled.
The poll included 803 registered voters in the state, with an overall margin of error of +/- 4.6 percentage points.