Most New Yorkers Hope Governor Cuomo Resigns Or Does Not Seek Re-Election, Poll Shows

Most New Yorkers are hoping that Governor Andrew Cuomo will resign or finish his term and not seek re-election, a new poll shows.

A study conducted by the Siena College Research Institute and released Thursday found that 23 percent of New York voters want to see Cuomo resign, and another 39 percent want the governor to serve out his term but not seek re-election in 2022.

A third of the participants said he should run for re-election.

"The good news for the Governor is that only 23 percent of New Yorkers want him to resign immediately," Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg said. "However, when you add those voters to the 39 percent who say he should serve out his term but not seek re-election, 62 percent say he should not run for a fourth term."

While fewer New Yorkers want to see Cuomo run again in 16 months, the governor appears to be well-liked by voters of color. Although only 27 percent of white voters wanted to see him seek re-election, 40 percent of Latino voters and 52 percent of Black voters said the same.

In a statement shared with Newsweek, Cuomo's senior adviser Rich Azzopardi noted that only 13 percent of registered Democrats want to see the governor resign immediately, compared to the 42 percent of registered Republicans who said the same.

"It's remarkable that only 13 percent of Democrats said the Governor should resign even though virtually all Democratic politicians‎ called for it. Clearly Democrats believe the Governor more than the politicians," Azzopardi said.

The poll found that if Cuomo did run for re-election, only 35 percent of voters would be prepared to vote for him, while 56 percent said they would prefer "someone else."

Cuomo is currently serving his third term as governor, a position he has held since 2011.

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A new poll found that if New York Governor Andrew Cuomo decided to seek a fourth term in 2022, more than half of New York voters would prefer to elect "someone else." Cuomo is pictured speaking during a press conference at One World Trade Center on June 15, 2021 in New York City. David Dee Delgado/Stringer

The new figures indicate how Cuomo's favorability has fallen amid several, separate investigations into the New York Democrat.

He is currently facing an impeachment inquiry; an investigation of the sexual harassment allegations made against him by at least 11 women this year; and two probes related to the coronavirus pandemic: one into his administration's handling of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes, and the other into alleged misuse of state resources to write his $5.1 million pandemic memoir American Crisis.

However, voters seem to be divided on the various investigations Cuomo is facing.

While the plurality of voters don't think the State Assembly should impeach him, more than 4 in 10 also said that New York Attorney Letitia James's office will find evidence of sexual harassment in its probe. Comparably, 32 percent believed there will be no evidence of harassment, and 27 percent said they had no opinion on the matter.

When it comes to the pandemic, voters are still giving Cuomo strong grades for his coronavirus response—just not on nursing homes.

More than 65 percent of voters said he's done a good job of managing the state's vaccine rollout, another 60 percent believed he has kept New Yorkers well-informed with accurate information, and 54 percent approved of his reopening of the state. But when it comes to how Cuomo has addressed questions about his handling of nursing homes during the pandemic, 60 percent of voters said he's done a bad job.

Azzopardi has contended that Cuomo's marks would have been much higher in the poll if New Yorkers had the results of the investigations, which he claims would clear the governor of any wrongdoing.

"Today's Siena poll is surprisingly positive because New Yorkers have only heard one side of the story and haven't yet heard the truth," Azzopardi told Newsweek. "When they hear the true story and the political games people are playing, it will be much different."

The poll surveyed roughly 800 registered voters and has a margin of error of 4.1 percentage points.