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New Yorkers have turned on Gov. Andrew Cuomo with a vengeance after a devastating state investigative report found that he’s a serial sex abuser, a new survey released Friday reveals.
A staggering 70 percent of voters now believe that the three-term Democratic chief executive should resign after hearing or reading about the damning sexual harassment findings released by state Attorney General Letitia James, the Quinnipiac University poll conducted on Wednesday and Thursday found.
And about two-thirds of voters say Cuomo, who has been governor since 2011, should be impeached if he doesn’t resign.
According to the survey, 63 percent of voters backed impeachment, 29 percent were opposed and the remaining 8 percent had no opinion.
“New Yorkers of all stripes are sending a clear message to Governor Cuomo that it is time to step down from office,” said Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Mary Snow.
Even a solid majority of voters — 55 percent — said they think Cuomo should be charged with a crime based on what they have heard or read about the allegations of sexual harassment against him, while only 25 percent said he shouldn’t, with the remaining 16 percent undecided.
Cuomo abused 11 women — including current and former female staffers and a state trooper on his security detail — the AG report concluded.
Many voters — particularly Democrats — were willing to give Cuomo the benefit of the doubt or due process pending the results of the AG probe. In a mid-March Quinnipiac poll, only 43 percent of voters said Cuomo should resign and just 36 percent said he should be impeached.
Only 28 percent of voters now approve of Cuomo’s job performance while 63 percent disapprove — a record low for his governorship that began in 2011.
A record 70 percent of voters now say Cuomo has lost his ability to be an effective leader.
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul would become the acting governor if Cuomo resigns or is removed from office. But many voters say they don’t much about her.
When asked about the job Hochul is doing, a plurality of voters –48 percent — did not offer an opinion. Another 31 percent of respondents said they approve of her performance while 21 percent say they disapprove.
Hochul, a former Buffalo congresswoman, has been lieutenant governor since 2015.
The poll of 615 registered voters has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
Meanwhile, the state Assembly Judiciary Committee, which is meeting on Monday, plans to prepare articles of impeachment against Cuomo at the end of August after the scandal-scarred governor submits evidence for his defense.
Cuomo also is facing investigations from five different district attorneys, who are following up on findings in AG James’ report that the governor violated state laws regarding sexual harassment and even potential sex crimes.
As The Post exclusively reported on Friday, an assistant who has accused the governor of groping her while they took a selfie together filed a criminal complaint against him with the Albany County Sheriff’s Office.
The governor has been hunkered down at the governor’s mansion, where The Post found him poolside Thursday amid an avalanche of calls for him to resign.
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