By an 18-percentage-point margin, New York voters said they didn’t think the governor was honest and trustworthy, the poll found. Seventy-five percent said that he had done something either unethical or illegal when his administration intentionally underreported the number of deaths caused by Covid-19 in New York nursing homes.
Weeks after the cover-up came to light and was detailed in a report from the state’s attorney general, Letitia James, a number of women stepped forward to share accounts of his inappropriate behavior toward them. Mr. Cuomo said on Wednesday that he felt “awful” about his behavior toward his accusers, but that he would not resign.
The compounding scandals have made Mr. Cuomo the second Democratic governor of a major state to become embroiled in controversy this year: In California, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s approval rating has dropped precipitously amid frustration with his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, and revelations that he had flouted the state’s lockdown rules.
Voters in New York haven’t totally lost faith in Mr. Cuomo’s handling of the virus, however. By a margin of 56 percent to 41 percent, they gave Mr. Cuomo positive marks on this issue, according to the Quinnipiac poll.
But they broadly disapproved of his actions around nursing-home deaths. Among Democratic voters, roughly six in 10 said his actions had been unethical, but far fewer — just 9 percent — said they had been illegal.