|Release: Quinnipiac Poll finds 55 percent say Cuomo should not resign, 59 percent say he would not run for re-election.|
NEW YORKERS TO CUOMO: DON’T RESIGN, BUT DON’T RUN AGAIN,
QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY NY STATE POLL FINDS;
CUOMO LOSES PANDEMIC HERO STATUS WITH MEDIOCRE JOB APPROVAL
As Governor Andrew Cuomo faces allegations of both sexual harassment and undercounting nursing home deaths during the pandemic, a majority of New York voters say 55 – 40 percent that Cuomo should not resign as governor in a Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pea-ack) University poll of New York state registered voters conducted March 2nd – 3rd.
However, voters also say by a large margin (59 – 36 percent) that they would not like to see Andrew Cuomo run for reelection in 2022.
Voters give Governor Cuomo a split 45 – 46 percent job approval rating, with Democrats approving 65 – 27 percent, Republicans disapproving 82 – 13 percent, and independents disapproving 57 – 33 percent.
On his handling of the response to the coronavirus, voters approve 56 – 41 percent, down from 81 – 17 percent in May of 2020.
On whether Governor Cuomo has lost his ability to be an effective leader, 53 percent of New York voters say “no” and 43 percent say “yes.”
“From popular to precarious, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s political standing is on shaky ground. New Yorkers are not clamoring to have him step down at this stage, but they are signaling a willingness to show him to the exit door once his term is done,” said Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Mary Snow.
Sexual Harassment Allegations
Voters say 59 – 27 percent that they are not satisfied with Governor Cuomo’s explanation and apology regarding the sexual harassment allegations made against him.
Just under half of voters (48 percent) say they do not think Governor Cuomo is being truthful about the sexual harassment allegations being made against him, while 30 percent say they think he is being truthful with 22 percent not offering an opinion.
More than 8 in 10 voters (86 – 9 percent) support the independent investigation being overseen by the New York State Attorney General regarding the sexual harassment allegations against Governor Cuomo.
Nursing Home Deaths
Three-quarters of voters (75 percent) believe Governor Cuomo did something wrong when it comes to his handling of the way nursing home deaths during the coronavirus pandemic were reported; a slim majority (51 percent) say they believe he did something unethical but not illegal, 24 percent say they think he did something illegal, and 16 percent say they think he did nothing wrong.
A slim majority of voters say 51 – 46 percent that the New York state legislature should remove the emergency powers that were granted to Governor Cuomo last year to manage the coronavirus pandemic.
NY Elected Officials
Voters were asked about other elected officials and how they are handling their jobs. Attorney General Letitia James gets the highest approval of any elected official in New York, with 61 percent of voters approving, 16 percent disapproving, and 23 percent not offering an opinion.
Approval ratings for other New York elected officials are generally positive.