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Most New Yorkers don’t want Cuomo to resign

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a press conference before the opening of a mass COVID-19 vaccination site in the Queens borough of New York.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday that he will not resign from office. | Seth Wenig/AP Photo

ALBANY, N.Y. — A majority of New Yorkers do not want Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign as he faces dual scandals over allegations of sexual harassment and claims he hid the number of deaths of nursing home residents, according to a poll released Thursday.

The Quinnipiac Poll, which showed Cuomo’s numbers on the lower side and found that most residents are opposed to him seeking a fourth term, was far from disastrous for an increasingly embattled governor.

Forty percent of voters said he should resign, while 55 percent said he should not. Most Democrats are sticking with him: Only 21 percent are saying he should leave office.

The governor said on Wednesday that he will not quit.

Forty-five percent of respondents approve of the way he is handling his job, while 46 percent disapprove. That’s down quite a bit from the 72-24 Cuomo received in a Quinnipiac poll last May, when he was at the height of his popularity. But it’s not much different from the most recent Quinnipiac poll conducted before the pandemic, when 42 percent of respondents said they viewed Cuomo favorably and 45 percent said they viewed him unfavorably.

The poll also found that only 36 percent of voters want Cuomo to seek a fourth term next year, while 59 percent do not. The governor fared better among Democrats, whose support is the most critical in a state where most statewide contests are decided in the primaries: 50 percent want him to run for reelection while 44 percent do not.

It does not appear as though Quinnipiac has asked that exact question about Cuomo before. But it’s entirely consistent with findings from other pollsters over the years: One from Siena in June 2019 found that votes landed 37-58 on the question of whether he should seek a fourth term, a negligible difference from the current Quinnipiac poll.

On the harassment charges themselves, a total of 79 percent of respondents said they view the accusations as “very” or “somewhat” serious. Only 27 percent are satisfied with the governor’s explanation and apology, while 59 percent are not. And only 30 percent think he is “being truthful” in his response, while 48 percent say he is not.

Quinnipiac spoke with 935 registered voters on March 2 and March 3, and their numbers have a margin of error of 3.2 points. View the crosstabs here.

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