Poll: Majority of New Yorkers say Cuomo should not resign

Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks in Albany, N.Y., April 27, 2020. (Courtesy of Governor's Press Office)

In the wake of both sexual harassment allegations and a nursing home scandal, a new poll by Quinnipiac University shows that a majority of New Yorkers think that Andrew Cuomo should not resign as Governor.

According to the poll, done between March 2 and 3, 55% of New Yorkers think Cuomo should remain in office, while 40% think he should resign.

Reflecting America's current political polarization, opinions vary widely between Democrats and Republicans.

According to the poll, 74% of Democratic voters that Cuomo should not resign, while 70% of Republicans and 52% of independents say he should resign.

However, voters agree that they would not like to see Andrew Cuomo run for reelection in 2022, 59% to 36%.

"From popular to precarious, Governor Andrew Cuomo's political standing is on shaky ground. New Yorkers are not clamoring to have him step down at this stage, but they are signaling a willingness to show him to the exit door once his term is done," said Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Mary Snow.

Cuomo's job approval has dropped to just 45%, a nearly 30-point drop compared to a year ago. At the height of the pandemic in May of 2020, voters approved of Cuomo's performance 72% to 24%.

Regarding Cuomo's handling of the sexual harassment allegations, 59% of voters say they are not satisfied with Cuomo's explanation and apology, with just 27% saying they are satisfied.

Three-quarters of voters (75%) think Cuomo did something wrong when it came to his handling of the way nursing home deaths during the coronavirus pandemic were reported; a slim majority (51%) say they believe he did something unethical but not illegal, 24% say they think he did something illegal, and 16% say they think he did nothing wrong.

A slim majority of voters (51%) say that the New York state legislature should remove the emergency powers that were granted to Cuomo last year to manage the coronavirus pandemic.