Half of New Yorkers polled say Cuomo should not resign
The Daily Freeman is reporting a new Siena College Poll released Mon., March 15, has found that 50 percent of New Yorkers do not support the resignation of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, despite allegations of sexual misconduct and his administration's admission that it hid the true number of COVID-related deaths among nursing home residents. According to the poll, conducted from March 8 through 12, while half of those surveyed believe Cuomo should not resign immediately, 35 percent believe he should. The poll also found one-third of voters believe Cuomo committed sexual harassment, while one-quarter believe he did not. Forty-eight percent believe Cuomo can continue to effectively do his job as governor, and 57 percent are satisfied with how he has addressed the sexual misconduct allegations, but 32 percent are not. A significant majority of respondents, 60 percent to 33 percent, approve of the governor's handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Cuomo received positive grades in four specific areas related to the pandemic — communicating, providing accurate information, making plans for reopening, and managing the vaccine rollout. On the nursing home issue alone, he has only 27 percent approval versus 66 percent disapproval. Cuomo’s overall favorability rating has fallen sharply to 43 percent from 56 percent last month. His job approval rating has also diminished, from 51 percent in February to 46 percent now, according to the poll. The poll was conducted this month among 805 New York state registered voters. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.