August 4, 2021
Marist Poll Results & Analysis: New York State, Governor Andrew Cuomo
59% Call for Cuomo’s Resignation… Say Cuomo Should be Impeached if He Does Not Resign
In a poll conducted last night, 59% of New Yorkers, including 52% of registered Democrats, say New York Governor Andrew Cuomo should resign from office in light of the results of an independent investigation which found Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women, including state employees. 32% report Cuomo should serve out the rest of his term. If Cuomo does not resign, 59% of New Yorkers say the New York State Legislature should impeach him.
While Cuomo denies the allegations, 44% of New Yorkers believe Cuomo did something illegal, and 29% think he did something unethical but not illegal. Only 7% believe Cuomo did nothing wrong. Six percent say they haven’t heard enough about the allegations, and 13% are unsure.
Cuomo’s reelection prospects are bleak. 11% of New Yorkers, including 12% of registered voters, think Cuomo deserves to be reelected while 78% say it’s time for someone else to be governor. When last reported in February, 36% of registered voters statewide thought Cuomo should be reelected, and 58% reported it was time for a new governor.
“The court of public opinion believes the allegations against Governor Cuomo warrant his removal from office,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of the Marist Poll. “If he does not resign, nearly six in ten New Yorkers believe he should be impeached. Even if he survives this scandal, his reelection prospects are rock bottom with even his Democratic base deserting him.”
Key Demographic Findings
- Even his core supporters think Cuomo should resign and, if he does not, believe he should be impeached. 52% of registered Democrats are calling for the governor to resign, and the plurality (48%) think he should be impeached if he does not leave office. Similarly, 52% of New York City residents want him to resign, and 60% believe he should be impeached if he does not do so.
- Registered Republicans and Upstate residents are least supportive of the governor. 77% of Republicans and 66% of those Upstate call for Cuomo’s resignation. Most Republicans in the state (80%) and those living Upstate (63%) think Cuomo should be impeached if he does not resign.
- Registered Democrats overwhelmingly believe Cuomo should not seek reelection. Only 18% of Democrats, 8% of those not enrolled in a party, and 5% of Republicans think Cuomo deserves to be reelected.