Marist Poll Finds 59% of New Yorkers Believe Cuomo Should Resign After AG Report
A Marist snap poll conducted last night showed that 59% of New Yorkers believe Gov. Andrew Cuomo should resign after yesterday’s results of New York Attorney General Letitia James, who found “believable and corroborated evidence” that the governor harassed many employees.
"The court of public opinion believes the allegations against Governor Cuomo warrant his removal from office," says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, the director of the Marist Poll. "If he does not resign, nearly six in 10 New Yorkers believe he should be impeached.
“Even if he survives this scandal, his reelection prospects are rock bottom with even his Democratic base deserting him."
If Gov. Cuomo does not resign, then 59% of New Yorkers say that he should be impeached, while 32% say he should serve out the rest of his term.
While the governor faces potential criminal charges, 44% of those polled believe that Gov. Cuomo did something illegal, while 29% say he did something unethical, but not illegal.
Of those polled, 7% of New Yorkers believe that the governor did nothing wrong.
If the governor does not resign or is not impeached, his chances for reelection have significantly dimmed.
Only 11% of New Yorkers think the governor deserves to be reelected, while 78% say they are ready for a new leader of the state.
In addition, scores of elected officials, from Mayor Bill de Blasio, Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kristen Gillibrand, Eric Adams, the Democratic mayoral candidate, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.-D) and many others, most of whom are also Democrats, have called for governor’s resignation.
Yesterday, when a reporter asked President Joe Biden, “Are you now calling on Gov Cuomo to resign?”
President Biden responded by simply saying, “Yes.”
On CNN yesterday, Mayor de Blasio called the mayor’s behavior “disgusting, troubling, and unacceptable, and he needs to leave office immediately.”
This morning, the mayor said the governor's claims that his "misunderstandings with his staff were 'cultural,'" were "ridiculous."
Mayor de Blasio also said that he thought the governor should be criminally charged, which he said is "being looked at by the Albany County district attorney."
(Kevin P. Coughlin / Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)