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New York voters overwhelmingly want George Santos to resign: Poll

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 6 days ago Cami Mondeaux

A majority of New York voters want their newly elected Rep. George Santos (R-NY) to resign from office, according to a recent poll.

About 59% of voters in the state say Santos should step down from office, with that opinion shared by a large number of both Republicans and Democrats, according to a new survey by the Siena College Research Institute. Only 17% said Santos should finish out his two-year term, with another 23% who said they had no opinion.

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Nearly half (49%) of Republicans say Santos should resign compared to 64% of Democrats, the poll showed. Of those who said he should remain in office, 43% identified as Republicans and 38% identified as Democrats.

The Siena College poll surveyed 821 registered voters in New York between Jan. 15-19 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.3 percentage points.

Santos was elected to Congress in November after defeating Democratic candidate Robert Zimmerman to represent New York’s 3rd Congressional District. However, he has faced intense scrutiny since his win after he admitted to making false statements about his educational background, work experience, finances, and other personal details.

Rep. George Santos (R-NY) departs Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023. Patrick Semansky/AP © Provided by Washington Examiner Rep. George Santos (R-NY) departs Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023. Patrick Semansky/AP

The New York freshman also faces a number of investigations into his finances after it was discovered there were a number of unusual expenses on his filing reports for the 2022 midterm cycle. Two New York Democrats, Reps. Dan Goldman and Ritchie Torres, filed a complaint to the House Ethics Committee earlier this month requesting the committee investigate his campaign financial disclosure reports.

Republican leaders have been hesitant to denounce Santos’s actions publicly, but House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY) confirmed to CNN last week that he would be removed from Congress if he’s found in violation of campaign finance laws.

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Meanwhile, Santos has remained adamant he has no plans to step down and even indicated he plans to run for reelection come 2024.

“I wish well of all of their opinions, but I was elected by 142,000 people,” Santos said on the podcast War Room to Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who filled in for Steve Bannon as host on Jan. 12. "Until those same 142,000 people tell me they don’t want me — we’ll find out in two years.”

 

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