Capitol Notes

A majority of Democrats don’t want Cuomo to resign

Half of New York voters – 61 percent of registered Democrats – don’t feel that Gov. Andrew Cuomo needs to resign in response to the multiple allegations of sexual misconduct by the three-term Democrat, according to a new poll from the Siena College Research Institute.

The survey, which was conducted between Monday and Friday last week, found that a plurality of voters, 41 percent, were unsure if the governor was guilty of committing sexual harassment, while 35 percent believed he had harassed women and 24 percent said he had not committed harassment.

A plurality of New Yorkers, 48 percent, think that Cuomo can still do his job effectively, while he is subject to an impeachment investigation and an inquiry by the office of State Attorney General Letitia James and federal officials look into the administration’s handling of nursing homes.

The governor’s favorable rating dropped from 56 percent in February to 43 percent in the new survey, but his job approval number only got slightly worse. The percent of New Yorkers backing the governor for a fourth term in 2022 dropped 12 percentage points in a month to 34 percent, with 52 percent of voters wanting someone else.

The Siena Research poll has a margin of error of about 4 percent.

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