New Yorkers not convinced governor Andrew Cuomo should step down amid sexual harassment claims

New Yorkers not convinced governor Andrew Cuomo should step down amid sexual harassment claims


New Yorkers not convinced governor Andrew Cuomo should step down amid sexual harassment claims

New Yorkers not convinced governor Andrew Cuomo should step down amid sexual harassment claims

Half of New Yorkers say Andrew Cuomo should not resign amid increasing calls from top state officials to step down amid sexual harassment claims.

A new poll from Siena College Research Institute released on Monday found 50 per cent think he shouldn’t resign compared to 35 per cent who think he should. More than a third of voters, 35 per cent, believe he committed sexual harassment while 24 per cent believe he had not.

The poll was conducted in the second week of March, before some of the latest allegations came to light and New York senators Chuck Schumer and Kristen Gillibrand joined calls for his removal in recent days.

“Voters appear to be able to compartmentalise how they feel about Cuomo,” Siena spokesperson Steve Greenberg said in a statement to Politico. “While their views on him generally – favourability, job performance, re-elect – took a significant hit this month, voters’ views on Cuomo’s handling of the pandemic remain largely positive, except for his handling of nursing home death data.”

The White House also appears willing to maintain a working relationship with Mr Cuomo, with press secretary Jen Psaki saying on Monday that Joe Biden will continue to work with the governor amid the “troubling” allegations.

Asked if the president was comfortable with Mr Cuomo leading the White House pandemic calls as chair of the National Governors Association, Ms Psaki said it’s up to the Biden administration whether Mr Cuomo continues in the role.


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