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New York State Fair Women's Day luncheon 4

U.S. Rep. John Katko speaks Wednesday, Sept. 2 at the Women's Day luncheon at the New York State Fair. 

U.S. Rep. John Katko would cruise to a second term if the election were held today, according to a poll released Tuesday by the National Republican Congressional Committee.

The survey commissioned by the NRCC and conducted by Harper Polling, a major Republican polling firm, found Katko, R-Camillus, leads Democratic challenger Eric Kingson by 23 points — 51 to 28 percent — in the 24th Congressional District race.

Twenty-one percent of voters were undecided.

Katko has a 55 percent favorable rating among voters, with 22 percent saying they have an unfavorable view of the freshman congressman.

A majority of moderates (59 percent) and independents (52 percent) said they have a favorable opinion of Katko.

Katko enjoys high job approval numbers, the poll found. Fifty-nine percent of voters say they strongly approve or somewhat approve of how he's handling his job as a congressman. Eighteen percent said they either somewhat disapprove or strongly disapprove of his job performance.

A plurality of voters — 42 percent — believe Katko has done enough to win re-election. More than a quarter of respondents (27 percent) said they prefer someone new.

The congressional election is more than a year away. Katko will be seeking a second term in the House of Representatives in 2016.

Katko was first elected to Congress in 2014, when he defeated then-U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei, a Democrat, by 20 points in the 24th District race.