New York Attorney General Leticia James (D) released a devastating report this week confirming multiple allegations of sexual harassment against Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Although Cuomo continues to deny any wrongdoing, it seems most of his constituents don’t agree. According to a new poll, nearly 6 in 10 New Yorkers think he should step down.
WKTV in New York reports that the new survey, taken by Marist, found 59% of respondents want Cuomo gone — a number that rises to 66% when considering only New York’s more conservative upstate region.
By comparison, only 32% of respondents were of the opinion that the governor should finish out the rest of his time in office. Cuomo was elected to a third term in 2018.
Only 7% say Cuomo did nothing wrong
According to the poll, 44% of voters think Cuomo’s actions were illegal, while another 29% say his actions were unethical, but fall short of criminal behavior.
A mere 7% believe he did nothing wrong.
“The court of public opinion believes the allegations against Governor Cuomo warrant his removal from office,” Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, director of the Marist Poll, said, according to WKTV.
“If he does not resign, nearly six in 10 New Yorkers believe he should be impeached,” Miringoff continued. “Even if he survives this scandal, his reelection prospects are rock bottom with even his Democratic base deserting him.”
House Republican calls for Cuomo’s arrest
Released on Tuesday, James’ report concluded that Cuomo operated a “toxic workplace” where “fear and intimidation” was used to silence victims.
“This is a sad day for New York because independent investigators have concluded that Governor Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women and, in doing so, broke the law,” Fox News quoted the state attorney general as saying at a press conference.
The network also noted that President Joe Biden called for Cuomo’s resignation on Tuesday, although the president stopped short of saying the governor should be impeached.
House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-NY) went further, tweeting out a statement in which she declared that Cuomo needs to face criminal charges. “No one is above the law and today justice must be served,” the high-ranking Republican said. “Governor Cuomo must resign and be arrested immediately.”