Cuomo's Support Among New Yorkers Plummeted Ahead of His Resignation

New York governor’s job approval rating fell 16 points after state detailed allegations of sexual misconduct
People participate in a protest against N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and protest for a moratorium on evictions on Aug. 4, 2021 in New York City. Cuomo's job approval rating among New York voters dropped 16 points after state Attorney General Letitia James published a report detailing the sexual misconduct allegations against him. (Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
August 10, 2021 at 5:54 pm UTC

Key Takeaways

  • 38% of New York voters approve of Cuomo’s job performance.

  • The majority of New York Democrats (57%) approve of Cuomo’s job performance, but that’s down from 78% a week before.

  • Cuomo’s net job approval rating fell 31 points among GOP voters.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was maintaining positive public support from the Empire State’s electorate despite allegations of sexual misconduct and a scandal involving COVID-19 deaths in his state’s nursing homes. 

But that all changed over the past week after state Attorney General Letitia James -- a fellow Democrat -- publicized details behind the allegations by nearly a dozen women, pushing Cuomo’s job approval rating underwater. The drop in support was driven by a loss of backing from his own party’s voters as Democratic state legislators moved for his impeachment, forcing his resignation on Tuesday.

According to the latest Morning Consult Political Intelligence tracking, 38 percent of New York voters approve of Cuomo’s job performance – down 16 percentage points from the day before James released her report – while the share who disapprove rose by 15 points to 56 percent.

That dramatic movement – captured in surveys conducted July 31-Aug. 2 and Aug. 7-9 among 1,063 and 816 voters, respectively – was led by Democratic voters, chipping at his chances at a political comeback or another term after they stood by his side throughout much of his recent political trouble. Both polls have a margin of error of 3 points.

The majority of New York Democrats (57 percent) still approve of Cuomo’s job performance, but that’s down from 78 percent, a drop of 21 points in about a week, while the share who disapproved increased 19 points, to 37 percent, during that time, driven largely by Democratic women. The share of women in the party who approve fell 29 points to 47 percent after the report was released, more than twice the size of the 10-point drop among Democratic men to 70 percent.

The movement was less drastic among independent voters, 3 in 5 of whom disapprove, while the governor’s net job approval – the share who approve minus the share who disapprove – fell 31 points among Republican voters.

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Eli Yokley is Morning Consult’s U.S. politics analyst. Eli joined Morning Consult in 2016 from Roll Call, where he reported on House and Senate campaigns after five years of covering state-level politics in the Show Me State while studying at the University of Missouri in Columbia, including contributions to The New York Times, Politico and The Daily Beast. Follow him on Twitter @eyokley. Interested in connecting with Eli to discuss his analysis or for a media engagement or speaking opportunity? Email [email protected].

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