A Marist Poll conducted Tuesday after the New York Attorney General’s Office substantiated sexual harassment claims against Gov. Andrew Cuomo show 59% of New Yorkers think the governor should resign, or be impeached if he doesn't.
More than half of registered Democrats in the state agree that he should resign, and if he fails to do so, should be impeached by the legislature. According to the poll, only 32% of voters think Cuomo should serve out the rest of his term.
The survey also indicates that 66% of all upstate New York voters believe Cuomo should resign.
As far as the actual allegations, the poll shows 44% of voters believe Cuomo did something illegal, while 29% think he did something unethical but not against the law. Just 7% don’t believe Cuomo did anything wrong at all and 6% say they haven’t heard enough about the allegations to form an opinion.
Only 12% of regular voters think Cuomo should be reelected, and 78% say it’s time for a new governor in New York.
“The court of public opinion believes the allegations against Governor Cuomo warrant his removal from office,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, 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.”
More than 600 people participated in this poll.