|Release: Quinnipiac Poll finds Cuomo at record lows for job approval, favorable and honesty ratings.|
|Text of March 18, 2021 release.|
SUPPORT DIPS FOR CUOMO STAYING IN OFFICE, QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY NEW YORK STATE POLL FINDS; GOV JOB APPROVAL, FAVORABILITY, HONESTY RATINGS HIT RECORD LOWS
As elected officials turn up the pressure on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign over multiple allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriately touching women, nearly half of voters (49 percent) in New York say that he should not resign while 43 percent say he should resign, according to a Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pea-ack) University poll of registered voters in New York State. The poll was conducted from March 16th – 17th. In a March 4th survey, voters said 55 – 40 percent he should not resign.
In a separate question, voters were asked about the positions elected officials have taken about whether or not Governor Cuomo should step down. Just over 1 in 5 voters (22 percent) say they agree more with elected officials calling on Governor Cuomo to resign immediately. About three-quarters of voters (74 percent) say they agree more with elected officials saying they will wait until the New York Attorney General’s independent investigation is completed before they decide whether or not to call for Governor Cuomo to resign.
“Though some of his fellow Democrats are clearly ready to usher him out the door of the Executive Mansion and point him toward the Thruway, the vast majority of the party sees a next step as necessary. They want a full investigation before deciding whether Cuomo should resign,” said Quinnipiac Polling Analyst Tim Malloy.
A majority of voters (54 – 36 percent) say that Cuomo should not be impeached and removed from office. Ten percent did not offer an opinion. Two-thirds of voters (66 – 25 percent) say they would not like to see Andrew Cuomo run for reelection as Governor in 2022.
Job Approval & Traits
Voters give Governor Cuomo a negative 39 – 48 percent job approval rating, down from a split 45 – 46 percent approval rating on March 4th. Today’s numbers mark the lowest job approval for Cuomo since he took office in 2011.
Voters give Governor Cuomo a negative 33 – 51 percent favorability rating, his lowest favorability number since Quinnipiac University began tracking his favorability in 2008 while Cuomo served as New York Attorney General. Nearly 6 in 10 voters (58 percent) say that Andrew Cuomo is not honest and trustworthy, 28 percent say he is honest and trustworthy, and 13 percent did not offer an opinion. That is his worst score since Quinnipiac University began tracking voters’ views on his honesty and trustworthiness in 2007.
Sexual Harassment Allegations
On the allegations that Governor Cuomo sexually harassed and made unwelcome sexual advances toward women, half of voters (50 percent) say they think those allegations are mostly true, 26 percent say they think the allegations are mostly not true, and 24 percent say they either don’t know or didn’t offer an opinion.
Nearly 6 in 10 voters (58 percent) say they think Governor Cuomo deliberately tried to conceal the number of nursing home deaths during the coronavirus pandemic last spring, 30 percent say he did not, and 12 percent did not offer an opinion.
Almost three-quarters of adults in New York say they have either been vaccinated (38 percent) or are willing to be vaccinated (36 percent), while 20 percent say they are not willing to be vaccinated and 6 percent say they are unsure or didn’t offer an opinion.
Other Elected Officials
Voters in New York approve of the way President Joe Biden is handling his job 59 – 35 percent. They also approve of the way he’s handling the response to the coronavirus 69 – 26 percent.
Voters give U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer a positive 50 – 40 percent job approval rating, and give U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand a positive 44 – 33 percent job approval rating.