Democracy means that people get the governments they deserve.
The Siena poll numbers for New York are in and they make it clear that the effort by lefties to bum rush Cuomo out the door over #MeToo has stalled in large part because minority voters don’t want him to resign.
Voters say 50-35 percent that Governor Andrew Cuomo should not immediately resign. By 48-34 percent, they say he can continue to effectively do his job as governor. One-third of voters say that Cuomo has committed sexual harassment, one-quarter say he has not, and a plurality are unsure.
The really depressing numbers are the pandemic ones.
Voters approve of Cuomo’s handling of the pandemic, 60-33 percent, virtually unchanged from 61-34 percent last month. Voters give Cuomo positive grades on four specifics related to the pandemic – communicating, providing accurate information, reopening plans, and managing the vaccine rollout – however, when it comes to making COVID-related nursing home death data public, voters give Cuomo a negative grade, 27-66 percent.
That’s the really depressing part. The low numbers there show that voters are aware that there’s a problem… and that they don’t care.
This is exactly what I’ve been beating my head against for a year since I first broke the story only to realize that most people don’t care. It’s incomprehensible that the deaths of thousands of people don’t matter, but they don’t.
What Siena isn’t putting up front though is that Cuomo’s numbers are bolstered by minority voters.
White voters want him to resign 41 to 45%. That’s practically within the margin of error. But black voters oppose Cuomo resigning 69% to 22% and Latino voters oppose it 47% to 22%.
Now some of this may be a product of partisan racial lean, but it’s similar to what we saw in Virginia when the scandals that were supposed to bring down top Democrats never did because black Democrats stayed loyal to the leadership.
It also reflects different cultural values.
40% of white voters think that Cuomo committed sexual harassment while 40% of black voters think he didn’t.
Black voters are also the likeliest to give Cuomo a high score on nursing home deaths.
Can AG Letitia James crack these numbers with her investigation and then primary Cuomo? The answer is unclear at this point, but what is clear is that Cuomo is holding on to his base, and barring actual criminal charges, not an impossibility, is unlikely to resign.
The Sandernistas who tried to topple him and his establishment rivals like James now have a choice between backing off or going to the mattresses.