The idea that Cuomo shouldn’t be governor is a much more popular idea among politicians than it is among voters.
But as is, these numbers aren’t really that bad, especially for a politician that some are trying to force from office.
Of course, Cuomo’s strength comes in large part from his Democratic base. Remember that if the rest of the electorate abandons him, New York is still a strongly blue state.
In his worst rating recently (Quinnipiac’s favorable rating), his net favorability (favorable – unfavorable) stood at +18 points among Democrats. His net favorability rating among Black voters was +51 points. A mere 19% of Black voters and 23% of Democrats want him out of office.
Other governors in deeply blue or red states who resigned following a scandal tend to have much worse numbers.
It’s hard to see how Cuomo goes, if Paterson was able to stay.
Perhaps, the biggest question at this point is whether Cuomo will run for reelection, if he isn’t forced from office.
Most voters (66% in the Quinnipiac poll), including most Democrats (52%), say they don’t want that to happen. But in a state that hasn’t elected a Republican to statewide office in more than a decade, Cuomo would still have a chance given his current numbers.