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Most New York Voters Embarrassed By Weiner, Spitzer

Weiner Sets Poll Record With 80 Percent Of Voters Giving Him Unfavorable Mark
Anthony Weiner (credit: CBS 2)/Eliot Spitzer (credit:  Kris Connor/Getty Images for Dish Network)

Anthony Weiner (credit: CBS 2)/Eliot Spitzer (credit: Kris Connor/Getty Images for Dish Network)

ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Most New Yorkers watching Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer in political races dominated by sex scandals want to forget about them, according to a poll released Monday.

The Siena College poll found that 68 percent of state voters and 62 percent of New York City voters are embarrassed by the national attention to the men’s candidacies.

Sixteen percent of voters statewide say the attention is “no big deal.” Just 8 percent find it entertaining.

Weiner is running for mayor and is dogged by a sexting scandal that drove him from Congress. Spitzer is seeking a comeback as city comptroller, five years after he resigned as governor amid a prostitution scandal.

The survey found that Weiner set a record for a Siena poll, but it’s nothing to tweet home about.

Eighty percent of state voters gave him an unfavorable mark, including three-quarters of New York City voters, according to the poll. That 80 percent is the highest unfavorable rating the Siena College poll has registered. It’s higher now than when Spitzer resigned as governor and higher than the worst marks for his successor, David Paterson, who nose-dived in the polls while issuing layoffs and cutting programs during a fiscal crisis.

Spitzer isn’t doing much better.

Eliot Spitzer resigned as governor back in March 2008, he had an unfavorable rating in the upper 70s — almost as bad as Weiner is right now,” Steven Greenberg, spokesperson for the Siena College Research Institute, told 1010 WINS. “Five years later, he’s gotten it to the point where he’s 33 favorable, 59 percent unfavorable.”

The telephone poll questioned 814 registered voters in the state from Aug. 4-7. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.

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