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.