Cuomo's poll numbers slip, but most New Yorkers don't want him to resign amid scandals
ALBANY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo's favorability among New Yorkers continued to slide, but they were not ready to boot him out of office.
Those were the findings of a Siena College poll released Monday as the Democratic governor faces myriad scandals and calls that he either resign or face impeachment.
The poll said Cuomo's favorability dropped slightly this month compared to March: 40% positive to 52% negative, down from 43% to 45% in March and 56% to 39% in February before many of his troubles started.
This month was his lowest rating in a Siena poll since taking office in 2011.
Cuomo is under investigation by the state Attorney General's Office and the state Assembly over sexual harassment allegations from a group of current and former female aides. The Assembly is also investigating the underreporting of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes, the construction of the new Gov. Mario Cuomo Bridge and his lucrative book deal.
But voters were still in favor of the three-term governor staying in office: By a margin of 51% to 37%, New Yorkers said Cuomo should not resign, the poll from the Albany-area college said. And by 52% to 38%, they said he could effectively do his job as governor, up slightly from last month.
“On the one hand, his favorability rating is now the lowest it has ever been, with more than 50% of voters viewing Cuomo unfavorably for the very first time in a Siena College poll," said poll spokesman Steven Greenberg.
"On the other hand, a majority of voters – including Democrats by two-to-one and a plurality of independents – continue to say that Cuomo should not resign."
Cuomo has vowed to stay in office, saying he never inappropriately touched anyone and apologizing if he offended anyone.
Even with the scandals, voters approved of Cuomo’s handling of the pandemic 60% to 32%, virtually unchanged from last month.
Still, by a 44% to 22% margin, voters believed Cuomo committed sexual harassment, with 34% undecided. And just 33% said they would re-elect Cuomo next year if he runs for a fourth term.
"His ratings continue to push further into negative territory,” Greenberg said.
“Interestingly, since February, on all three measures, there was virtually no movement among Republicans, who already had Cuomo at very low levels. There was significant downward movement by independents and the largest drop was among Democrats."
The Siena poll was conducted April 1-15 among 801 New York registered voters. It had a margin of error of 4.3 percentage points
Joseph Spector is the Government and Politics Editor for the USA TODAY Network's Atlantic Group, overseeing coverage in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware. He can be reached at JSPECTOR@Gannett.com or followed on Twitter: @GannettAlbany
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