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New Yorkers Feel Cuomo Should Be Impeached & Convicted

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58% of respondents think Andrew Cuomo should be convicted if impeached.

In recent months, a set of scandals have rocked the administration of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo who is facing an impeachment inquiry amidst growing calls for his resignation. We asked New Yorkers from across the state what they think should happen with their governor.



Highlights

  1. We polled 2515 New York state residents to find out if they think Governor Andrew Cuomo should be convicted if impeached, or forced to resign over sexual harassment allegations.
  2. The results show that more than half of respondents, 58%, believe Cuomo should be convicted if impeached. 59% of respondents, also think Cuomo should resign over sexual harassment allegations.
  3. The survey showed that 55% of people over age 55 don’t think Cuomo should be convicted if impeached.
  4. 80% of Republicans feel that Cuomo should be convicted if impeached, compared to 44% of Democrats and 58% of Independents.

Results

Our poll revealed that 58% of New Yorkers across all ages think that Andrew Cuomo should be convicted if impeached. Of those, an overwhelming majority also think the governor should resign over sexual harassment allegations. This spans across party lines, with even Democrats showing 44% in favor of conviction if impeached.

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Our poll revealed that a majority of respondents, (59%), think Andrew Cuomo should resign due to the sexual harassment allegations against him. Less than half of respondents, totalling 41%, think that Cuomo should not have to resign.

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Not surprisingly, of the respondents who think Cuomo should be convicted if impeached, a 94% majority think he should resign over the sexual harassment allegations against him. 91% of respondents who thought Cuomo should not be convicted if impeached, feel he should not resign over the sexual harassment allegations.

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Our poll reached New Yorkers of all political affiliations. 34% of respondents identified as Democrat, 22% identified as Republican, and 26% identified as Independent. 18% of respondents did not specify a political affiliation.

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A unique data aspect of this poll is that the majority of respondents, 46%, were aged 55 or over. People in the 18-24 age range made up the second highest group at 19%. 17% of those who responded were in the 25-40 age group, while the 41-54 age group made up 18%.

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40% of respondents who are 55 and over think Cuomo should be convicted if impeached. In the 18-24 age group, 24% think Cuomo should be convicted if impeached.People in the 25-40 and 41-54 age groups scored fairly evenly in thinking Cuomo should be convicted if impeached with the first group voting at 19% and the second at 17%.

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Over half, or 56%, of Democrat respondents said Cuomo should not be convicted if impeached. Alternatively, 80% of Republican respondents do think Cuomo should be convicted if impeached. After Republicans, the politically unaffiliated respondents were the next likely to think Cuomo should receive a conviction if impeached with 63% agreeing, followed by 58% of Independents. Only 20% of Republicans think Cuomo should not have to face conviction if impeached compared to 42% of Independents, and 37% of politically unspecified respondents.

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43% of Democrat respondents said Cuomo should resign over the sexual harassment allegations compared to 80% of Republicans. At 63%,  the non-specified voters were again the next largest group after Republicans to agree that Cuomo should resign from office. 59% of Independent respondents think Cuomo should resign.

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Among voters of all ages who think Cuomo should be convicted if impeached, 74% in the 18-24 age group also think he should resign due to the sexual harassment allegations. 66% of the 25-40 age group also believe he should resign over the sexual harassment claims. The same majority-leaning pattern follows the rest of the age groups: 58% the 41-54 group think Cuomo should resign over the sexual harassment allegations as do 51% of the over 55 group.

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The majority of all age groups think Andrew Cuomo should resign over sexual harassment allegations.

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The Process

Between March 12th-24th, 2021 Invisibly used it’s Realtime Research tool to gauge where public opinion weighs in on the matter, polling 2515 New York state residents about Governor Cuomo.

We Asked

  1. Do you think NY Governor Cuomo should be convicted if he is impeached?
  2. Do you feel Governor Cuomo should resign due to the sexual harassment allegations against him?
  3. What is your political affiliation?
  4. What is your Age?

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Discussion

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. 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. One thing is always certain; New Yorkers speak their mind. This poll shows us that, at least for now, New Yorkers have grown weary of their governor’s controversies and if Cuomo is looking to win another term, he needs to take notice.

Invisibly Realtime Research surveys differ from traditional online surveys in that the questions are shown to the user on web pages in place of an ad (Figure 1). Unlike Google Surveys, which block access to content until the questions are answered, Realtime Research surveys are optional, thus ensuring that participants are responding voluntarily.

Acknowledgements
Chad Lang for his help with this project.

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