Editors Note; How about a poll to not do anymore Weiner polls
In the wake of U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner’s emotional admission that he engaged in inappropriate online activity with women other than his wife, a little more than half of New York City registered voters still want Weiner to remain in Congress. A majority, however, say Weiner should bid farewell to his hopes of becoming the next mayor of New York City.
According to this NY1-Marist Poll conducted just hours after the story broke, 51% of New York City voters believe Anthony Weiner should not resign from Congress. 30% disagree and think he should step down, and a notable 18% are unsure.
However, when it comes to the 2013 race for New York City mayor, voters want Congressman Weiner to stay out. A majority — 56% — do not want him to make a bid for the office, including a majority of Democrats. 25% of registered voters would like to see him campaign, and 19% are unsure.
“All of this spells trouble for Congressman Weiner and his political future,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. “For voters, there are questions of judgment — never a winner for an office-holder.”
House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is calling for an investigation into Weiner’s actions, but do New York City residents think Congressman Weiner acted illegally? Slightly more than six in ten — 61% — believe his behavior was unethical but not illegal. 13% say his actions constituted illegal behavior while the same proportion — 13% — report Weiner did nothing wrong. An additional 14% are unsure.
The congressman has admitted that his actions were personal flaws and apologized to his wife, his family, his constituents, and the media. However, those in New York City don’t think his teary mea culpa was sincere. Nearly two-thirds of New York City residents — 64% — report Weiner apologized only because he got caught while 24% think he is truly sorry. 12% are unsure.
- You Choose: Focus on Anthony Weiner, Defocus on the 2012 Election (politisite.com)
- Majority Don’t Think Weiner Should Resign (politicalwire.com)