Poll gauges Weiner's constituents
Congressman Anthony Weiner said Monday that he won't step down from office and he is strengthened by the fact that his constituents are on his side. Our Josh Robin has the details of our exclusive YNN-Marist Poll of voters in Weiner's ninth congressional district.
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NEW YORK STATE -- Voters to Weiner: You messed up, but serve out your term.
A majority of those Anthony Weiner represents say their Congressman should weather the international scandal sparked by his electronic romances.
Fifty-six percent say Weiner should not step down, 33 percent say yes and 12 percent aren't sure.
"I think he's a great Congressman," one person said.
"We cannot judge people just by one mistake. We're all human beings. We all make mistakes," another person said.
Registered voters in the Ninth Congressional District were asked the question on Wednesday.
Weiner's fellow Democrats were more supportive, with 63 percent saying he shouldn't step down versus 47 percent of Republicans and 44 percent of non-enrolled voters.
"There's no doubt that people in his district have taken notice of this and are not by any means pleased with what's been going on. The question though is that they don't think it's a matter of professional inadequacies. They think that this reflects questions of his personal judgment," said Lee Miringoff, Marist College pollster.
"This is his personal life. And I feel that the public should actually lay off," one person said.
Seventy-three percent say Weiner did something unethical, not illegal. Only 11 percent say he did something illegal and nine percent say he did nothing wrong, while seven percent aren't sure.
Still, a majority do think this all has compromised his effectiveness. And after handing him a seventh term by a relatively thin margin for his district, voters seem to be souring on him, clouding his prospects for term number eight.
"His time is up. Get rid of him," someone said.
Forty-two percent have an unfavorable view of him versus 38 percent favorable and 20 percent aren't sure.
And would they vote for him again? Thirty-one percent say they'd be definitely against him, 30 say they'd be definitely for him, but 38 percent aren't sure.