Poll shows negative favorability for scandal-plagued Cuomo, majority want someone else in 2022

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has been besieged by multiple scandals that only appear to be growing worse and look increasingly likely to negatively impact his re-election bid in 2022.

A recent poll showed that a majority of New York registered voters would prefer that Cuomo not be re-elected as governor in next year’s election, Breitbart reported.

That poll also showed that Cuomo fared worse than a nameless generic Democratic candidate in the 2022 gubernatorial race, that his favorability rating was underwater, and that his job performance hasn’t been particularly great.

Furthermore, strong pluralities believe the governor hasn’t been forthright and honest about the number of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes, as well as the numerous allegations that Cuomo sexually harassed former staffers.

Majority prefer someone else be governor

Those results came from a survey conducted by the Siena College Research Institute of 793 registered voters in New York between May 16-20 with a margin of error of 4%.

In terms of Cuomo’s favorability, 44% of respondents had a favorable opinion of him while 48% viewed him unfavorably. His favorability was boosted solely by Democrats, 63% favorable, while Republicans and independents, at 79% and 62% had an unfavorable opinion of him.

With regard to Cuomo’s job performance, a combined 42% thought it was “excellent” (18%) or “good” (24%), while a combined 55% thought it was only “fair” (23%) or “poor” (32%).

That flows right into the question about Cuomo’s expected bid to run for re-election as governor in 2022, where only 37% said they would vote to re-elect him, while 53% said they would prefer someone else. Of those who would prefer someone else as governor, that included 83% of Republicans, 63% of independents, and even 33% of Democrats.

Compare that with a generalized question about the 2022 gubernatorial race, in which 55% would prefer a generic Democratic candidate while 29% would prefer a generic Republican candidate. When Cuomo’s name was thrown in the mix against a still-unnamed Republican, the balance shifted to only 48% in favor of Cuomo as compared to an increased 38% favoring a generic GOP nominee.

Large pluralities believe allegations

There are the two predominate scandals Cuomo is facing — nursing home COVID deaths and sexual harassment allegations, though there are several other less publicized problems for the governor — and it is obvious that those issues have also taken a toll on Cuomo politically.

While Cuomo generally received good marks for his overall handling of the coronavirus pandemic, on the issue of publicizing all relevant information about COVID-related nursing home deaths, 47% said Cuomo had done a “poor” job, compared to 10% “excellent,” 20% “good,” and 20% “fair.”

As for the sexual harassment allegations, a combined 84% had heard “some” or a “great deal” about them, with 42% believing he had committed the acts he was accused of and 41% believing that he should resign from his position as governor immediately.

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