New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is still resisting pressure to resign following the flurry of accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct, as well as a revelation that his administration allegedly under-reported nursing home deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 63-year-old governor has denied any wrongdoing, though he acknowledged it had been a "custom" for him to kiss and hug people when greeting them. He has said he was sorry if his behavior had made "people feel uncomfortable."
Asked by Invisibly, with its Realtime Research polling tool, New Yorkers revealed their opinion on the scandal.
The poll of 2,515 New York State residents revealed that 58% of New Yorkers across all age groups think that Andrew Cuomo should be convicted if he is impeached.
Of those, an overwhelming majority also think that the governor should resign over sexual harassment allegations.
This spans across party lines, with even Democrats showing 44% in favor of convicting him if he is impeached.
When asked if Cuomo should be convicted if impeached, 58% of New Yorkers answered positively. This number included 80% of Republicans, 58% of independents and 44% of Democrats.
Similarly, some 59% think that the governor should resign from office due to the sexual harassment allegations against him, with three-fourths (74%) of 18-24 year olds saying so compared to only half (51%) of those aged 55 and older. This number also similarly included 80% of Republicans, 59% of independents and 43% of Democrats.
“It’s clear that after months of strict Covid lockdowns and incendiary accusations both from authorities and individual women, Governor Andrew Cuomo has fallen from grace among New Yorkers," according to Dr. Don Vaughn Ph.D., Head of Product at Invisibly. "Their disappointment in Cuomo could be a reflection of the times when accusations of sexual harassment are being taken more seriously than ever, and when many have lost jobs and loved ones due to the ongoing pandemic,” he said.