A wide margin of New York state voters believe it’s time for State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to step aside.
According to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday, 51 percent of respondents say Silver, a Democrat and one of the most powerful figures in New York government, should resign. The question regarding Silver was based on the way he handled the Vito Lopez sexual harassment scandal. Only 22 percent favored Silver retaining his post.
Lopez gave up his state Assembly seat in May after accusations that he sexually harassed several female staff members.
“The Vito Lopez sex scandal persuades a bare majority of New Yorkers that Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver should step aside. A lot of voters say get rid of the pack of them; there should be a legislative house-cleaning,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
Somewhat related, the poll found that voters, by a 67-29 percent margin, believe New York state government is dysfunctional. Quinnipiac reported a total of 86 percent of voters say government corruption is a “very serious” or “somewhat serious” problem. But 60 percent of voters say New York has about as much government corruption as other states.
Also, voters give Gov. Andrew Cuomo a 53-30 percent job approval rating, his lowest net approval rating since he took office. Yet 58 percent of respondents — to 31 percent against — feel that Cuomo deserves reelection in 2014.