ALBANY — A majority of New Yorkers – 56% – say Gov. Andrew Cuomo should not seek another term in office, according to the results of a new Siena College poll.
The poll released on Thursday found that regardless of the results of an ongoing investigation by the state attorney general into allegations of sexual harassment leveled against Cuomo, 39% of voters say Cuomo should serve out the remainder of his term without seeking re-election. Democrats, Republicans and unaffiliated voters – those not aligned with a party – were about evenly split in providing that response.
Approximately 23% of voters say the governor should resign immediately. The majority of those responses came from Republicans accounting for 42%.
Meanwhile, 33% of voters feel that Cuomo should serve out his current term and seek election as governor for a fourth time in 2022. The majority of those responses came from registered Democrats accounting for 43%.
If Cuomo does run for office again next year, 35% of voters say they would cast ballots for his re-election, while 56% would “prefer someone else.”
The poll with a 4.1% margin for error was conducted at the end of June and surveyed 809 registered voters across the state.
In addition to the ongoing investigation, Cuomo and his administration are facing criticism over their handling of nursing home data and the state’s response to the coronavirus in those facilities. The governor’s $5 million COVID-19 book deal has become another point of animus.
Yet, the poll found that 51% of voters approve of the governor’s handling of the pandemic overall, while 32% voiced disapproval and 15% expressed ambivalence.
Cuomo’s current favorability rating of 45% follows an all-time high of 77% just over a year ago at the start of the pandemic in April before the controversies he now faces unfolded.
Despite the lukewarm responses from voters, Cuomo spokesman Richard Azzopardi described the poll as “surprisingly positive” in a prepared statement.
“Today’s Siena poll is surprisingly positive because New Yorkers have only heard one side of the story and haven’t yet heard the truth. When they hear the true story and the political games people are playing it will be much different,” Azzopardi stated. “Also it’s remarkable that only 13% of Democrats said the governor should resign even though virtually all Democratic politicians called for it. Clearly Democrats believe the governor more than the politicians.”
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