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A growing number of New Yorkers believe Gov. Andrew Cuomo committed sexual harassment, and his popularity has plummeted with a strong majority now saying they prefer someone else for governor instead of a Cuomo fourth term.
Forty four percent of registered voters compared to 22 percent said the third term Democrat has committed sexual harassment, a new poll released Monday by Siena College found, while 34 percent responded that they either didn’t know or had no opinion on the topic.
That includes 39 percent of registered Democrats who say they believe Cuomo is guilty of sexual harassment showing that he is hemorrhaging support within his Democratic base, compared to 30 percent who responded that he has not engaged in misconduct.
The overall tally ballooned by nine points since last month — when a March survey asked the same question, 35 percent of voters said they thought the governor committed sexual harassment compared to 24 percent who said he did not and 41 percent undecided.
Nonetheless, 51 percent of respondents said the governor should not resign compared to 37 percent who say he should step down, despite the multiple allegations of sexual harassment and several probes headed by both the state Attorney General’s office and state Assembly into the matter.
Another 53 percent of those surveyed said they are satisfied with the way Cuomo has addressed the allegations and subsequent apology, whereas 36 percent said they are not satisfied.
When asked if Cuomo should be reelected to a fourth term in 2022, 57 percent said they would prefer to elect someone else and 33 percent responded they would vote for him.
Of that figure, 43 percent of Democrats would rather support another candidate compared to 46 percent who would re-elect the governor.
Republicans on the other hand overwhelmingly — at 82 percent — would prefer someone else elected, compared to 15 percent who would favor his reelection.
Black voters granted Cuomo the highest support on the matter, with 51 percent saying they would vote for him in 2022 compared to 40 percent of disapproving respondents.
But that support drops to 29 percent of Latino voters and 29 percent of White voters who say they will cast a vote favoring a fourth term of Cuomo.
“In February, Democrats were prepared to re-elect Cuomo 65-26 percent. Today, Democrats say they would re-elect Cuomo next year by the narrowest of margins, 46-43 percent,” Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg said.
“At the same time, by a margin of 85-7 percent, Democrats say they want to see a Democrat win in next year’s gubernatorial election, as do all voters by a 52-32 percent margin.
Cuomo’s job performance as the state’s chief executive similarly took a nosedive, with 56 percent of individuals giving him a ‘fair’ or ‘poor’ mark.
Meanwhile, just 42 percent said he is doing a ‘good’ or ‘excellent’ job as governor.
In March, 46 percent said Cuomo was doing a fair or poor job, whereas 52 percent rated his leadership as good or excellent.
That number has also dropped since February, when voters gave the Democrat a combined 51 percent to 47 percent approval to disapproval rating.
The poll of 801 registered voters was conducted between April 11 and 15 and has a plus, minus 4.3 percentage-point margin of error.
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