More than half of New Yorkers supported the resignation of Congressman Santos

Siena College: 59 percent of New Yorkers supported Congressman Santos’ resignation

More than half of New Yorkers support the resignation of Congressman George Santos, who has been accused of fakes and inconsistencies in his biography while campaigning for a U.S. House seat, according to a Siena College Research Institute poll.

According to the tabulation of the survey results, 59% of registered voters in New York State, from which Santos was elected, support his resignation and departure from the U.S. Congress. Only 17% of respondents opposed his resignation, and 23% could not answer the question.

Meanwhile, among Democratic Party supporters, 64% of respondents were in favor of resignation, and among those who support Republicans, 49%.

In addition, 56 percent of New Yorkers said they had a negative opinion of Santos, while only 16 percent had a positive view of him.

The poll was conducted January 15-19 among 821 registered voters in New York with a margin of error of 4.3 percentage points.

Santos himself said in January that he would only resign “if 142,000 people asked him to.”

In December the New York Times published an exposé about the many inconsistencies in Santos’ biography. Against this backdrop, the congressman admitted that he had given voters false information about himself, including that he had a college education and that his mother was Jewish and her parents had fled Europe during World War II. Also untrue was the information that Santos had worked for investment banks Goldman Sachs and Citigroup.

Democratic House members Dan Goldman and Richie Torres asked the House Ethics Committee to investigate Santos. They assessed that the Republican’s 2020 and 2022 financial statements appear “meager” and “confusing,” and that Santos himself failed to file them in a timely manner as part of his campaign.

Fox News later reported that the New York prosecutor’s office began an investigation of Santos.

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