Q poll: More New Yorkers want Cuomo gone, but not immediately

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks at a press briefing. | AP Photo/Seth Wenig, Pool

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ALBANY, N.Y. — The number of voters who think New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo should remain in office has dipped in recent days, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Thursday afternoon. But an overwhelming majority of respondents think that he should not leave office immediately.

A total of 43 percent of respondents said that Cuomo “should resign,” while 49 percent said he shouldn’t. Support remained fairly high among Democrats: 23 percent said he should resign while 67 percent said he should not.

And 36 percent of respondents said he should be impeached, while 54 percent were not supportive of that idea.

Many of those who believe Cuomo should leave office, however, seem to agree with his argument that it’s not yet time to have those discussions. Respondents were asked if they agreed more with “elected officials calling on Governor Cuomo to resign immediately” or with the officials who say “they will wait until the State Attorney General’s independent investigation is completed before they decide.” Twenty-two percent of respondents sided with those calling for his immediate departure, while 74 percent agreed with those who say a decision should wait for the AG’s report. Among Democrats, the breakdown was 10-88.

While those totals might bolster Cuomo’s arguments that calls for his departure are premature, the numbers on the general resignation question suggest he lost some support after a week in which scores of Democratic officials abandoned him.

The poll released on Thursday was conducted on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. It was slightly worse for Cuomo compared with a Quinnipiac poll conducted two weeks ago, which found 40 wanted him gone while 55 percent wanted him to stay. (A Siena poll conducted in between the two found the margin to be 35-50).

Some of the broader numbers on Cuomo, however, were more challenging.

A total of 39 percent of respondents approved of the job he’s doing, while 48 percent do not. That’s the lowest job approval for Cuomo in a Quinnipiac poll since taking office in 2011.

Meanwhile, 33 percent view him favorably while 51 percent do not. That’s “his lowest favorability number since Quinnipiac University began tracking his favorability in 2008 while Cuomo served as New York Attorney General,” according to a release from the pollsters.

And while Cuomo has never polled particularly well in general questions about whether he should seek another term, the result in this poll was particularly brutal. Only 25 percent of voters and 35 percent of Democrats want him to run again next year.

There were a few bright stops for the governor.

A plurality of voters, 49 percent, think Cuomo “cares about the needs and problems of people like you.” Respondents approved of his handling of the pandemic by a margin of 54-41. And 61 percent of respondents think the governor “has strong leadership qualities.”

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