Poll: Proposal to ban natural gas appliances unpopular

Governor Kathy Hochul
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(WBEN) - New polling shows that across New York State, the proposal to ban many natural gas burning products is the least popular among the many policy ideas included in Governor Kathy Hochul's proposed state budget.

The new poll, released Monday by Siena Research, shows that when voters were asked if they support or oppose the proposal to essentially prohibit all fossil fuel-burning equipment – including stoves – for new single-family homes by the end of 2025 and for all new construction by the end of 2028, only 39% say they approved.

The plan was opposed by 76% of Republicans and 69% of independents, as well as 34% of Democrats polled. The plan to do away with natural gas is the only proposal with more than 50% opposition.

Other policy items included in the state budget proposal, including lowering the blood alcohol content for driving while intoxicated from 0.08% to 0.05% and increasing the tax on a pack of cigarettes from $4.35 to $5.35 saw support from a majority of voters.

As for the Governor herself, Hochul’s favorability and job approval ratings both ticked down. Hochul has a 46-43% favorability rating, down from 48-42% last
month, and her job approval rating stands at 56-40%, from 56-36%.

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