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Poll: Most New Yorkers do not want Gov. Andrew Cuomo to seek another term

A “Resign Now!” billboard with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's face on it flashes along I-787, paid for by Brian Olesen, in Albany on March 2.
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A “Resign Now!” billboard with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's face on it flashes along I-787, paid for by Brian Olesen, in Albany on March 2.

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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David Bianchi

The Cover Up! Google Schenectady Gate!! To Where Lawyers Threatened! To Go Through The City To Take Property! Followed by Improper Ordering of Paid in Full Property Taxes to be Sent Back by City Officials! Then, Eminent Domain on Vacant Lots with No Buildings on them that I kept clean and mowed. With the Mayor Calling Them Blight! All for a Row of Townhouses that are Now Being Built Called Barrett Village in the Downtown area in the City of Schenectady, N.Y. To Where Lawyers telling me it appeared my Rights were Violated! Yet, Not Filing Anything in Court to do anything about it! Including telling me that an Appeal was Filed for the Eminent Domain and Never getting an Appeal Date! Who Do You Go to When the Government is Involved in Stealing a Piece of Land for a Developer for Just 15 Attached Townhouses priced at $260,000.00 and up each.?? I Have Solid Proof that City Officials were involved. I just wonder with the State sending Millions to help with the Downtown Redevelopment, if Higher Up Officials may have been involved?
Barrett Street/Barrett Village!
Schenectady Gate!!
Surely, The Gazette recognizes Free of Speech with my comment..

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