Poll: Weiner, Spitzer Embarrass New Yorkers

The two Democrats are still coping with past sex scandals By Rebekah Metzler Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s favorability ratings improve with voters.

Anthony Weiner, running in the New York Mayors race, makes his way up New York's Avenue of the Americas on Sunday Aug. 11, 2013, as he takes part in the Dominican Day Parade.
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New Yorkers across the ideological, demographic and economic spectrum agree: the attention on New York City mayoral candidate and former congressman Anthony Weiner and former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who is running for comptroller of the city, is embarrassing.

Nearly 70 percent of New York voters said the attention on the two former officials who resigned amid sex scandals is embarrassing compared to just 16 percent who say it's not a big deal, according to a Siena College poll released Monday.

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"While Spitzer's unfavorable rating is down from the 79 percent who viewed him unfavorably in the aftermath of his resignation, Weiner has set a new all-time Siena College Poll record with 80 percent of voters viewing him unfavorably...compared to only 11 percent who have a favorable view," said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg in a memo accompanying the poll results.

Weiner has plummeted in polling for the Democratic mayoral primary race, but Spitzer handily leads his race.

New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer holds a news conference with his wife Silda on March 10, 2008, to address his involvement in a prostitution ring.

The negative sentiment over Weiner and Spitzer crosses over nearly every polling crosstab, with nearly equal numbers of Democrats, Republicans and Independents; rural and urban dwellers; lower-, middle- and upper-income voters all agreeing.

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The poll also showed Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's approval rating elevated to 65 percent, up from 58 percent in a similar survey taken in June.

"With the Legislature out of town for the summer, Cuomo has reversed his downward polling trend from the first half of this year," Greenberg said. "More than two-thirds of voters, including majorities of Republicans and conservatives, say that Cuomo has been an effective governor in his first three years."

The poll surveyed 814 registered New York voters between August 4-7 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percent.


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