Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s approval ratings plummeted after it was reported that state officials covered up how many people had actually died of coronavirus in nursing homes, a new poll found.
60% of New Yorkers said that there was wrongdoing in how Cuomo handled nursing homes during the pandemic, a Marist Poll that was released Tuesday found. The poll’s results were first reported by the New York Post.
41% of respondents said that the governor’s handling of nursing homes was unethical but not illegal, and 19% said that Cuomo has done something illegal, the poll found. Just 27% of New Yorkers said that they think Cuomo has not done anything wrong. (RELATED: New York Legislature ‘Inching Toward’ Impeachment Probe Of Cuomo, Democratic Assemblyman Says)
Cuomo’s approval ratings suffered as well. In the February Marist Poll, 49% of New Yorkers said that they approved of Cuomo’s job performance – a drop from the 66% of New Yorkers who said they approved of Cuomo’s performance in July. The percentage of Democrats who said that they disapproved of the job Cuomo was doing rose from 9% during the summer to 28% in February.
In July, 60% of voters said that the governor was doing an excellent or good job in office – by February, that number had dropped to 42%.
The Marist Poll surveyed 953 New York adults between February 15 and February 17. The margin of error is +/- 3.8%.
A Feb. 11 report from the New York Post revealed that Cuomo’s administration hid the true number of coronavirus-related deaths in nursing homes in fear that federal prosecutors would use those numbers against them. Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa reportedly admitted that the administration withheld the true number of deaths during a video call with New York state Democratic leaders.
The governor was criticized for a March 25 order that forced nursing homes to take in coronavirus patients. The order was revoked in May, after more than 9,000 coronavirus patients had been placed in nursing homes. The New York State Department of Health admitted in May to knowingly undercounting coronavirus deaths in nursing homes. (RELATED: FBI Investigating Andrew Cuomo Over Nursing Home Deaths: Report)