Thirty-five percent of poll respondents surveyed last week said they believed Mr. Cuomo had committed sexual harassment, compared with 24% who said he hadnt and 41% who said they were unsure, according to a Siena College Research Institute poll released Monday. The poll found 57% of voters surveyed said they were satisfied with how the governor has handled the allegations.The Siena poll of 804 voters was conducted from March 8 to 12 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.1 percentage points. On March 11, Albany lawmakers launched an impeachment investigation of the governors conduct.
Three women who worked for Mr. Cuomo as well as one woman currently on the governors Executive Chamber staff have accused him of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior. Attorney General Letitia James is overseeing an investigation into the allegations.
Mr. Cuomo has said he never inappropriately touched anybody. He has previously apologized to anyone who said his workplace behavior made them uncomfortable.
At a March 3 press conference following allegations of sexual harassment and calls from some to resign, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he apologized if he offended anyone or caused anyone pain by past actions, but he said he isnt going to resign. Photo: Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
On Monday, Mr. Cuomo appeared at an event on Long Island to promote the states Covid-19 vaccination campaign in Black communities. The governor, 63 years old, said he would be vaccinated in the coming days.
Mr. Cuomo didnt directly address the allegations against him during the event, which was closed to the press but streamed by the governors office. He said he learned from the response to Hurricane Sandy that you get up stronger if youre knocked down.
The poll shows less support for a resignation among Black voters and respondents who are over 55 years old. According to the survey, 69% of Black respondents said Mr. Cuomo shouldnt resign, compared with 45% of white respondents. Fifty-eight percent of respondents older than 55 said Mr. Cuomo shouldnt step down.
Poll spokesman Steven Greenberg said there was a partisan split and geographic split in the surveys results, and said a majority of New York City voters said the governor shouldnt step down.
Nearly two-thirds of Republicans say Cuomo should resign; however, 61% of Democrats and 46% of independents, a plurality, say he should not, Mr. Greenberg said.
Democrats who control the state Assembly have said they would launch an impeachment investigation, and a majority of the members in that 150-seat body have either said Mr. Cuomo should resign or be impeached.
On Monday, Assembly Speaker
told reporters that the chamber is hiring an outside law firm to help with its impeachment investigation. Mr. Heastie, a Democrat from the Bronx, said the investigation would have a broad focus and be completed expeditiously.
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Lindsey Boylan, 36, has said Mr. Cuomo kissed her on her lips and suggested lets play strip poker during a ride on the state airplane. Ana Liss, 35, has said Mr. Cuomo asked if she had a boyfriend and once kissed her hand when she worked near his office at the Capitol. Charlotte Bennett, 25, has said Mr. Cuomo made overtures to her for sex.
A fourth woman has said Mr. Cuomo touched her inappropriately during an encounter at the Executive Mansion last year.
Mr. Cuomo has denied Ms. Boylans account and said he never inappropriately touched anybody.
Ms. Bennett spoke for more than four hours with investigators from the attorney generals probe on Monday and provided more than 120 pages of documents, according to her attorney Debra Katz.
Mr. Cuomo has remained defiant amid growing calls for his resignation from within his own party: U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand joined 16 Democratic members of the states House of Representatives delegation on Friday in saying the governor should step down.
White House Press Secretary
said Monday that President Biden hadnt spoken personally with Mr. Cuomo about his situation. She called the allegations troubling, but repeated the White House position that the president thinks the attorney general investigation into Mr. Cuomo is appropriate.
The investigation needs to be quick and thorough, consistent with how serious these allegations are, she said. She also said the White House would continue to work with the New York governor on Covid-19 response.
—Catherine Lucey contributed to this article.
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