The lion’s share of New York voters want Rep. George Santos to step down following weeks of scandal about his complicated relationship with the truth.
In a new Siena Poll released Monday, 59 percent of registered voters said that the embattled Republican from New York’s 3rd Congressional District should resign. Only about 20 percent said he shouldn’t, and the rest didn’t have an opinion. Even a plurality of Republicans, 49 percent, said he should step down (another 26 percent he shouldn’t and 25 percent didn’t know).
His favorability rating was roughly the same, though suburban residents — who make up the heart of the congressman’s Long Island district — took a particular disliking to Santos. More than three quarters of them registered their disapproval of the newly elected representative, while only 8 percent took a positive view. The survey of over 800 registered voters was conducted between Jan. 15-19 and has a margin of error of 4.3 percent.
The poll is the first large survey on New York voters’ attitudes about Santos, who has refused to step down since a bombshell report in The New York Times in December revealed he had fabricated most of his resume, including his professional background and college education.