Just when you thought he was out…
disgraced former Governor Andrew Cuomowho resigned last summer and faces impeachment charges scathing serial report on sexual harassment by the Attorney General, could pose a serious challenge to his successor, Governor Kathy Hochula new poll has revealed.
Cuomo would be just 4 points behind his former running mate if he entered the Democratic main race to retake the governorship Emerson College/The Hill survey disclosed.
Hochul rallies 37 percent of Democratic primary voters to 33 percent for Cuomo in the hypothetical match, the poll says.
About 16 percent of Democrats said they were undecided or voting another candidate, while 7 percent of Democrats favored Long Island Rep. Tom Suozzi and 4 percent supported Jumaane Williams, New York City public advocate.
The poll was a mixed bag for Cuomo, who resigned last August under threat of impeachment after a state investigative report released by Attorney General Letitia James concluded he molested or abused 11 women, including staff members in his service. He has denied wrongdoing.
Cuomo would certainly have been running for a fourth term before he was caught in a scandal.
However, the poll found that nearly two-thirds of all New York voters — 63 percent — believe Cuomo should not return to public office, while 24 percent believe he should, while the rest has no opinion on it.
In the hypothetical primary, Cuomo had the support of 59 percent of black voters, by far the highest of any candidate.
Hochul had the greatest support among white and Hispanic voters — 51 percent and 50 percent, respectively.
No wonder Cuomo made his first public speaking appearance at a predominantly black church in Brooklyn – God’s Battalion of Prayer in East Flatbush – where he did not repent for his sins but instead blamed others for his downfall.
Cuomo is also spending some of his $16 million in remaining campaign funds in TV spots Attacking James’ report and preserving his innocence.
“While voters trust the poll’s findings and don’t want Cuomo returning to office, he still has significant support from a base of Democratic primary voters,” said Spencer Kimball, executive director of the Emerson College Poll.
Kimball said he wasn’t surprised by the scandal-stricken Cuomo’s strong performance.
“When he resigned, I noticed that he still had a strong base of support that seemed ready to fight for him … but he resigned. These current numbers suggest the base is still with him and he could win by a majority in a multi-candidate field,” Kimball said.
“I think he would have more trouble winning a primary one-on-one.”
Cuomo has argued James’ report was a political hit.
But voters have a different opinion.
Of all voters, 59 percent say they trust the findings of James’ inquiry into Cuomo’s sexual harassment allegations, while just 23 percent disagree, although support has slipped from 64 percent last August.
A solid majority of voters – 60 percent – think the inquiry was a serious attempt to find out what really happened to Cuomo’s treatment of women, while 38 percent said it was politically motivated.
For Democrats, the range is narrowing — 54 percent said the probe was legitimate, while 43 percent believed it was politically motivated.
If Cuomo ran for attorney general again — a post he held before he was elected governor in 2010 — he would trail James by a larger 12-point margin, 45 percent to 33 percent among Democratic primary voters.
Hochul served as Cuomo’s lieutenant governor for six years before taking over the top position after resigning.
Without Cuomo in the mix, Hochul has a commanding lead among declared Democratic primary candidates — with 42 percent support, followed by Williams at 10 percent, Suozzi at 7 percent, and Paul Nichols at 5 percent. More than a quarter of Democrats — 27 percent — are undecided.
The primaries will be held on June 28, with 10-day early voting starting on June 18.
In the Republican primary for governor, Long Island Congressman Lee Zeldin leads with 27 percent support, followed by Andrew Giuliani with 17 percent, former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino with 11 percent, businessman Harry Wilson with 6 percent, and Michael Carpinelli with 5 percent, Derrick Gibson with 3 percent and Kris Lord with 1 percent.
Nearly a quarter of GOP voters — 23 percent — are undecided and 7 percent plan to vote for someone else.
Emerson College/The Hill survey was conducted March 9-10, 2022. She polled 504 Democratic voters on primary questions with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.3 percentage points. The overall poll of 1,000 voters has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. The poll polled 225 registered Republicans on the main question with a margin of error of plus or minus 6.5 percentage points.
The poll polled voters via automated phone calls and an online window.
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