While lawmakers from Rep. Anthony Weiner’s (D-NY) own party have now begun to call for his resignation, a Marist poll released Thursday night finds that his constituents think he should stay.
In the poll, 56% of registered voters in Weiner’s NY-9 district think he should remain in office, while only a third (33%) think he should resign. That result comes as further salacious details about the Twitter scandal have come to light.
However, voters are as yet undecided on whether they’ll support Weiner when he’s up for reeleciton in 2012. Thirty percent of respondents said they’d definitely vote for him next year, compared to 31% who said they would definitely not. A 38% plurality said it was too early to say for sure who they’ll vote for in the next election cycle.
It’s the first poll to survey voters solely in Weiner’s home district, and the first conducted several days out from Weiner’s Monday press conference when he first admitted to sending lewd photos and flirting with multiple women on the Internet.Two polls taken just hours after Weiner’s announcement that surveyed New York City residents, and not just those from Weiner’s district, found conflicting results about whether the congressman should resign.
In addition, the poll found that 46% of Weiner’s constituents think his actions showed a failure of personal judgment, while 10% said it was a reflection of poor professional judgment, and 29% said it was both.
The poll also comes one day after a number of Democratic lawmakers, including . Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-PA), who serves among the leadership of the DCCC, publicly called on Weiner to resign.
Earlier Thursday, Weiner reiterated to the New York Post that he did not plan to resign.
The Marist poll was conducted June 8 among 411 registered voters in Weiner’s district. It has a margin of error of 5.0%.