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Just a quarter of New York voters want Gov. Andrew Cuomo reelected to a fourth term, as his approval ratings continue to nosedive amid escalating nursing home and sexual harassment scandals.
Just 25 percent of voters would back a 2022 reelection bid for Cuomo while 66 percent now say they are opposed, according to a new poll released by Quinnipiac University on Thursday.
It’s an 11-point plunge from just two weeks ago, when an already-anemic 36 percent of voters said they would back Cuomo again, compared to 59 percent opposed, the survey showed.
Cuomo’s job approval rating also sank to its lowest level since he first took office in 2011 — with only 39 percent of voters giving his performance a positive review while 48 percent turned their thumbs down.
Just 28 percent of New Yorkers responded they think the governor is honest and trustworthy.
“With so-so numbers on empathy and plummeting numbers on honesty and trustworthiness, it’s too early to suggest Cuomo has gone from hero to zero, but his anti-COVID crusader standing has taken a brutal broadside,” said pollster Tim Malloy.
At least seven women — including four current and former staffers — have accused Cuomo of sexual harassment and bullying, including charges from at least four women that the governor made unwanted advances or groped them.
The allegations are now the subject of an investigation by state Attorney General Letitia James and a separate impeachment probe run by the state Assembly.
Cuomo has offered vague apologies for past actions, characterizing some of the claims as misinterpreted “jokes.”
Since the scandals broke, nearly all of New York’s Congressional delegation and State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Westchester) have demanded that Cuomo resign,
President Biden, a longtime Cuomo pal, has said the claims against the governor should be “taken seriously” and that he may be forced to resign depending on the outcome of the Attorney General’s probe.
The Quinnipiac showed that voters are split on demands that the three-term executive and former attorney general resign because of the harassment allegations — with 43 percent saying he should step down, while 49 percent said he should remain. That 6 percentage point gap is far narrower than the 15 point gap against Cuomo’s resignation just two weeks ago.
However, voters remain far more sanguine about lawmakers booting Cuomo from office, with only 36 percent he should be impeached and removed.
Pollsters surveyed 905 voters on March 16th and 17th for the poll, which carries a plus-minus 3.3 percent margin of error.
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