New York staters embarrassed by Weiner-Spitzer runs for office

Aug. 13, 2013 at 1:22 AM
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LOUDONVILLE, N.Y., Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Two out of three residents think the attention given New York state by the attempted comebacks of Anthony Weiner and Elliot Spitzer is embarrassing.

The Siena College poll released Monday also found Gov. Andrew Cuomo's favorability rate has increased to its highest level since February, with more than two-thirds doing a good job. At the same time, only 39 percent say the quality of life in New York is getting better and only one-third would like Cuomo to be president.

Spitzer, who resigned as governor after being caught patronizing an escort service, is running for New York City controller, while Weiner, who was recently caught in a new sexting scandal after being forced to resign from Congress, is a candidate for mayor. Both are Democrats.

"Although 16 percent of New Yorkers think the national attention from the Weiner and Spitzer candidacies is 'no big deal' and eight percent find it entertaining, 68 percent -- including 62 percent of New York City voters -- say it's embarrassing," said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg.

In a list of 11 elected officials and political institutions, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who represented New York in the U.S. Senate, has the best reputation in the state, with 67 percent viewing her favorably and only 31 percent unfavorably. She was followed by Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., Cuomo, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and President Obama, who has a 56 percent favorability rating.

Spitzer has bounced back somewhat since he was governor but came in eighth with 33 percent having a favorable view of him and 59 percent an unfavorable one. Weiner came in last with only 11 percent viewing him positively and 80 percent the other way.

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