LOUDONVILLE – Half of New York voters polled say Gov. Andrew Cuomo should stay in office and not resign amid mounting scandals, a new Siena poll found.
The poll, conducted between March 8 and 12, found that 50 percent of voters asked said Cuomo should not resign, while 35 percent said he should, the poll found.
The poll also found that 35 percent of voters said Cuomo has committed sexual harassment, while 24 percent said he has not.
Also, 57 percent of voters were satisfied with how Cuomo has addressed the allegations, while 32 percent were not satisfied, the poll found.
“While many elected officials – Democrats and Republicans alike – have called for Cuomo’s resignation, by a 50-35 percent margin, the voters of New York say Cuomo should not immediately resign,” Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg said in a statement. “Nearly two-thirds of Republicans say Cuomo should resign, however, 61 percent of Democrats and 46 percent of independents, a plurality, say he should not.”
Cuomo is facing allegations that he sexually harassed or behaved inappropriately toward six women, including several former staffers. He has denied touching any women inappropriately.
The three-term governor has rejected calls for his resignation from fellow Democrats, including New York’s two U.S. senators, Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and has asked New Yorkers to await the results of an investigation headed by state Attorney General Letitia James.
The final day of the poll, Friday, coincided with a flurry of calls for Cuomo to resign, including those from Schumer and Gillibrand.
Of the voters polled, 48 percent also said that Cuomo could continue to effectively do his job as governor despite the ongoing investigations, while 34 percent said he could not.
Cuomo’s overall favorability rating has sunk, however, to 43-45 percent, down significantly from 56-39 percent in February, officials said.
“Cuomo’s standing with voters has clearly fallen in the last month,” Greenburg said. “His favorability rating and his re-elect number are both down net 19 points, while his job performance rating is down net 10 points.”
The poll spoke with 805 registered voters, 430 of those through landline and cell phones and 375 through a proprietary online panel. The poll has an overall margin of error of plus or minus 4.1 percent.
Information from The Associated Press was included in this report
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