Poll Shows Mixed Reactions To Hochul’s Pause On Congestion Pricing Amid Approval Drop

A new poll by the Siena College Research Institute reveals that almost half of New Yorkers support Gov. Kathy Hochul’s decision to indefinitely pause congestion pricing, despite her overall approval ratings declining. The poll indicates that 45% of registered voters are in favor of the pause, while 23% oppose it.

Governor Hochul’s recent move to delay the implementation of congestion pricing, which was scheduled to start on June 30 for drivers below 60th Street in Manhattan, has garnered mixed reactions. While her decision has found favor with a significant portion of the electorate, it has not prevented a slip in her approval ratings. Currently, 38% of voters view Hochul favorably, whereas 49% hold an unfavorable opinion of her, up from 46% in May.

“Despite strongly supporting Hochul’s decision to put congestion pricing on hold, and even more strongly supporting the social media bill she championed, voters now give Hochul the lowest favorability and job approval ratings she’s had in nearly three years as Governor,” remarked Steven Greenberg, a Siena College pollster.

Within her party, Governor Hochul enjoys higher support, with 56% of Democrats viewing her favorably. This support within her base is crucial as she prepares for her 2026 reelection campaign.

The poll also highlighted regional differences in support for the congestion pricing pause. Suburban New Yorkers show the most support, with 56% in favor and 18% against. In contrast, New York City residents are more divided, with 45% supporting the pause and 35% opposing it.

The decision has sparked criticism from environmentalists and progressive groups, who see the pause as a setback in efforts to combat air pollution. Despite this, the poll shows that support for the pause spans across political lines. “There’s little partisan difference when it comes to Hochul’s end-of-session surprise decision to put congestion pricing on hold,” Greenberg noted. “It is supported by 46% of Democrats, 45% of Republicans, and 43% of independents, all large pluralities.”

Governor Hochul’s decision to delay congestion pricing reflects the challenging political landscape she navigates, balancing public opinion and policy goals. As she faces scrutiny from both supporters and critics, her leadership decisions will continue to be closely watched in the lead-up to the 2026 elections.