Anthony Weiner: Poll Finds Majority of New York Voters Think He Should Not Resign

Jun 7, 2011 6:30pm

ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf (@zbyronwolf) reports:

New Yorker’s first impression is that embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner should not resign his post.

According to a survey of 500 New York City registered voters conducted by New York 1 and Marist College, only 30 percent say Weiner should resign. 51 percent of respondents said he should stay in his position and 18 percent said they were not sure.

"It’s worth keeping in mind that New York is overwhelmingly Democratic. Partisanship can run high in this town. Moral outrage, maybe less so,” said ABC News pollster Gary Langer of Langer Research Associates.

While the slim majority of New York voters said Weiner should not resign, he has gotten less support among his colleagues.

Republican real estate magnate Donald Trump took to Youtube and called Weiner a "psycho" and a "bad guy."

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor both called on Weiner to resign.

There wasn’t much more support for Weiner even among Democrats. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told reporters, "I wish there was some way I can defend him but I can't."

And while it does not appear that Weiner violated any laws, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi officially asked the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct to investigate whether Weiner violated ethics rules by carrying on his online relationships.

Weiner has been a rising star among Democrats and until the sexting imbroglio was considered a viable candidate for mayor. While a bare majority of the New York City voters in the NY1/Marist poll said he shouldn’t resign from Congress, fewer supported a potential Weiner mayoral run. Twenty-five percent said she should run for mayor in the 2013 election, while 56 percent said he should not and 19 percent were unsure.

Trust of Weiner is not high; 64 percent of respondents thought he “only said he was sorry because he got caught.”

The New York City voters’ perceptions of politicians and online activity were equally interesting.

Thirty percent of respondents thought "sending lewd photos over the internet is common practice by politicians." But only Seventeen percent had sent or said something over the Internet that they regret.

A clear majority of 60 percent considered sending lewd photos over the Internet "to people other than your partner" to be cheating. Half would not forgive their partner for having a non-physical online relationship. 

Fifty-four percent said social media like Facebook do more harm than good to relationships, but sticking this question after all those above might stacked the dice.

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