In the survey of 653 registered voters in New York’s Third Congressional District, 78% of respondents said Santos should resign. Only 13% said he should remain in Congress. A majority of those who voted for Santos last November (63%) say they would not have voted for him had they been aware of what they’ve come to know of him since the elections.
Santos has an astonishing 83% disapproval rating in the district, with even 78% of Republicans viewing him unfavorably. The New York congressman, who falsely claimed that he was the descendant of Holocaust survivors, has a 92% unfavorable rating among Jewish constituents.
Don Levy, director of the Sienna College Poll, said, “Whether you look it at by party, gender, race, age, religion, income, or which county the voters live in, the answer is the same: resign.”
Local Republicans are fearful the Santos scandal could reverse the gains from last fall’s red wave, which saw Republican victories not just in Long Island but also parts of Queens and Brooklyn. Earlier this month, leaders of Nassau County’s Republican Party called on Santos to resign. But the blowback for Long Island Republicans may be limited. A majority of those polled (55%) say Santos does not reflect the values of the Republican Party.