A new poll shows a steep nosedive in the approval rating for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) over recent bombshell accusations of sexual harassment made against him.
Cuomo, 63, had an approval rating of 71% of New Yorkers in April 2020, but the latest Emerson College/WPIX-TV/NewsNation poll found his rating had collapsed to 38%.
The formerly popular governor has been hammered by sexual harassment scandals from two former aides and another woman who objected to his advances at a wedding. He has also had to face tough questions about the cover-up of data from the coronavirus deaths after he ordered infected patients to receive care at the state's nursing homes.
In a media briefing Wednesday, the beleaguered Democrat apologized for making the women feel "uncomfortable," but he denied the more damaging accusations that he inappropriately touched and kissed women. He also declared that he would not resign as governor over the allegations.
"I'm not going to resign," Cuomo said. "I work for the people of the state of New York. They elected me, and I'm going to serve the people of the state of New York."
New York State Attorney General Letitia James is investigating the sexual harassment claims from the three women against Cuomo.
Other results from the poll were more troubling for Cuomo's political future.
Nearly two-thirds of the New York voters polled said that Cuomo should not be re-elected to a fourth term (64%). Cuomo garnered a slim majority of support from Democrats for re-election, with 52% in favor and 48% opposed.
Cuomo, who was elected to governor in 2010, will be up for re-election in 2022.
Despite the massive drop in approval for the governor, Emerson College Polling director Spencer Kimball said the poll showed that Cuomo "still has a base with women voters."
Among women, 43% still approved of Cuomo, while 56% of men disapproved of him. Only 40% of women disapproved of Cuomo while 33% of men still approved of him.
Cuomo also retained the approval of a majority of voters identifying themselves as black or African American (62%).
The poll was conducted March 1-2, and had a sample size of 700 registered voters in New York.
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