Siena Poll: Majority of New York voters say Cuomo should not resign

Cuomo Resigns

FILE – This Monday, March 8, 2021, file photo shows New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaking at a vaccination site in New York. A lawyer for Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday that she reported a groping allegation made against him to local police after the woman involved declined to press charges herself. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, Pool, File)

LOUDENVILLE, N.Y. (WSYR) -— While lawmakers from both parties have called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign in the wake of sexual harassment accusations by several women, a majority of those surveyed in a new Siena College poll say the governor should not resign.

The poll reports 50% of voters say Cuomo should not resign, to 35% who say he should.

The poll also found that 48% to 34% of voters believe Governor Cuomo can still effectively carry out his job as Governor.

A larger majority, 57%-34% are satisfied with the way Cuomo has handled the allegations. As for the claims of sexual harassment, 35% say Cuomo has committed harassment, 24% say Cuomo has not.

Cuomo still gets high marks for his handling of the COVID pandemic, 60% to 33%. Siena says that was virtually unchanged from last month.

But according to Siena’s website, “Voters give Cuomo positive grades on four specifics related to the pandemic – communicating, providing accurate information, reopening plans, and managing the vaccine rollout – however, when it comes to making COVID-related nursing home death data public, voters give Cuomo a negative grade, 27-66%.”

“Cuomo’s standing with voters has clearly fallen in the last month. His favorability rating and his re-elect number are both down net 19 points, while his job performance rating is down net 10 points,” Siena College Pollster Steven Greenberg said. “Cuomo’s drop in all three ratings is largely the result of Democrats. Among Democrats alone, his favorability rating dropped net 31 points and his re-elect dropped net 33 points. In fact, only 46 percent of Democrats now want to re-elect Cuomo, compared to 40 percent who want someone else, down from 65-26 percent last month.”

On another subject, Siena found broad support in New York for the federal stimulus bill, 74% to 21%. Siena says Republicans are split on the bill, 48%-48%, while residents upstate support it by a two to one margin.

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