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Capital Region voters strongly disapprove of Cuomo in NewsChannel 13-SurveyUSA poll

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks at a vaccination site on Monday, March 8, 2021, in New York. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks at a vaccination site on Monday, March 8, 2021, in New York. | Photo: AP Photo/Seth Wenig, Pool.

WNYT Staff
Updated: March 09, 2021 01:23 PM
Created: March 08, 2021 05:00 PM

Nearly two-thirds of the Capital Region voters who responded to a recent NewsChannel 13-SurveyUSA poll strongly disapprove of Gov. Cuomo’s performance.

The poll was conducted over the weekend and asked New Yorkers about the sexual harassment allegations against Gov. Cuomo, the nursing home controversy, and more.

Statewide, 52% of New Yorkers say they strongly approve or approve of the job Cuomo is doing as governor.

However, it's a drastic shift in the Capital Region. That combined approval number is only 17% -- and 65% say they strongly disapprove of the governor's job performance.

“If you look at overall approval numbers, and you add together, the approve and strongly approve, and you subtract the people who disapprove and strongly disapprove, you get a plus-11 statewide. So 11 points higher for approve than disapprove. In the Capital Region, it is minus-58 with 65 percent saying they strongly disapprove of the governor's job approval. That’s astoundingly bad,” said SurveyUSA President Ken Alper. “It's a small sample, but it's one of the lowest approval numbers we've ever seen.”

New Yorkers polled were asked, when it comes to reporting nursing home deaths, did the governor do anything wrong? Statewide, 26% believe the governor attempted to cloud the truth. Forty percent feel a little stronger. They believe the governor attempted to cover up the truth.

In the Capital Region, 44% think the governor attempted to cover up the truth on nursing home deaths. However, 39% -- much higher than the statewide number -- believe the governor did nothing wrong.

One of the most striking findings is the public's thoughts on the sexual harassment scandal surrounding the governor and his public apology last week. New Yorkers were asked, when it comes to interactions with women, did the governor do anything wrong? Thirty-one percent of New Yorkers think he did things inappropriate but not illegal. However, 29% think he broke the law.

Here in the Capital Region, the number who think he violated the law drops to 19%.

We also asked if people accept the governor's apology. Statewide, 36% rejected it.

It's a much different story here in the Capital Region, where nearly two-thirds of people surveyed say they didn't buy the governor's apology.

The poll also asked if New Yorkers think the governor should resign now or if an investigation finds he's done something wrong. Most New Yorkers think he should step aside if an investigation finds he acted inappropriately.

Locally, most folks believe the governor should leave office immediately.

Pollsters say it's not all bad news for Cuomo.

“I think he may have, I don't want to say wiggle room, but a little bit of time here while you wait to see how the investigations play out. Right now, statewide 39 percent say he should resign if the investigations clearly show he's done something wrong, while another 24 percent say he should just stay in office. Almost two thirds, a pretty good majority, saying he shouldn't resign yet,” Alper said.

SurveyUSA interviewed 600 adults in New York State between March 5 and March 7. The pool of adult survey respondents was weighted to US Census targets for gender, age, race, and home ownership. Click here to view the complete poll results.


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