NYers’ approval of Cuomo drops, but most say he shouldn’t resign

NYers’ approval of Cuomo drops, but most say he shouldn’t resign
Governor Cuomo, Monday, February 22, 2021, speaking in New York City. (Source: WWNY)

ALBANY, N.Y. (WWNY) - Most New Yorkers say Gov. Andrew Cuomo shouldn’t resign over allegations of sexual harassment and undercounting COVID-19 nursing home deaths.

Fifty-five percent of those surveyed in a recent Quinnipiac University poll say the governor shouldn’t resign, compared with 40 percent who say he should.

But even more – 59 to 36 percent – say he shouldn’t run for reelection next year.

Voters are split 45-46 percent on whether they approve of the job he’s doing.

That’s a big drop compared to less than a year ago. In May, voters gave him a 72 percent job approval rating.

Voters still approve of the way he’s handling the pandemic, 56-41 percent, but last May, 81 percent gave him a thumbs-up.

On whether Cuomo has lost his ability to be an effective leader, 53 percent of New Yorkers say “no” and 43 percent say “yes.”

Sexual harassment allegations

Fifty-nine percent say they are not satisfied with how Cuomo explained and apologized for conduct that led to sexual harassment complaints against him.

Nearly half say he’s not being truthful about the allegations, compared with 30 percent who believe him.

Eighty-six percent approve of the independent investigation being conducted by state Attorney General Letitia James.

Nursing home deaths

Three-quarters of voters believe Cuomo did something wrong when it comes to the way he reported coronavirus nursing home deaths.

A slim majority of 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.

The poll surveyed 935 self-identified registered voters in New York from March 2-3. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.

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