U.S. Representative-elect George Santos (R-NY) stands alone on the floor of the House of Representatives during the vote for the new Speaker of the House during the third day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 5, 2023.
Evelyn Hochstein | Reuters
Scandal-ridden Republican Rep. George Santos should resign from Congress, voters in his home state of New York said overwhelmingly. a new survey was published on Monday.
About 59% of registered voters in the Empire State think Santos, who has admitted to lying and is the subject of several investigations, should resign, according to the latest Siena College Research Institute poll. Among Republicans, nearly half agreed that he should go.
Only 17% of respondents told Siena they believed Santos should stay in office. The poll of 821 New York state registered voters, conducted Jan. 15-19, has a margin of error of 4.3 percentage points.
Santos’ favorability rating didn’t get any better, the poll found, with voters in New York holding an unfavorable view of the freshman by more than 3 to 1, 16% to 56%. Siena found that a net favorability rating of minus 40 includes 56% of Republican respondents, as well as majorities of Democrats and independents.
Twenty-eight percent of respondents said they didn’t know Santos or had no opinion of him — a lower share than New York’s Hakeem Jeffries, a New York lawmaker who recently became House Democratic leader.
He has faced continued increased scrutiny after the New York Times last month questioned key details of the congressman-elect’s biography, including his education and professional history.
Santos admitted that he had “embellished” parts of his resume and apologized, though he did not answer all the questions about his self-statements.
He also denied some of the most damning allegations against him, including that he flew off with thousands of dollars that had been raised for relief to fund surgery for a disabled veteran’s dying dog.
Santos also did not clarify questions about the source of his apparent wealth, some of which was used to fund his successful congressional campaign.
Investigators at the federal, state, local and international levels are looking into Santos.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, D-Calif., and other top Republicans have refused to join calls for Santos to resign. McCarthy leads a slim GOP majority in the House that has already proven difficult to consolidate after it took 15 tries to elect him speaker.
If Santos were to leave office, it would likely trigger a competitive special election in New York to replace him.
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