U.S. Rep.-elect George Santos (R-NY) stands alone on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives during a vote on the new speaker of the House of Representatives on the third day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 5, 2023.
Evelyn Hockstein | Reuters
Scandal-plagued Republican Rep. George Santos should resign from Congress, voters in his home state of New York said overwhelmingly in a statement. a new survey was published on Monday.
About 59% of Empire State registered voters say Santos, who has admitted to lying and faces multiple investigations, should step down, according to the latest Siena College Research Institute poll. Among Republicans, nearly half agreed he should go.
Just 17% of respondents told Siena they thought Santos should remain in office. The survey of 821 registered voters in New York state, conducted between January 15 and 19, has a margin of error of 4.3 percentage points.
The poll showed that Santos’ approval ratings did not fare better: By a margin of more than 3 to 1, 16% to 56%, voters in New York have an unfavorable view of the new lawmaker. That minus 40 net favorability rating includes 56% of Republican respondents, along with a majority of Democrats and independents, Siena found.
Twenty-eight percent of respondents said they did not know Santos or had no opinion of him — a smaller share than six-term Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York, who recently became the House Democratic leader.
Santos has he promised to serve out his entire two-year term in the House of Commons, brushing searing condemnation from his own Republicans on Long Island, where his congressional district is located.
He has faced constant, heightened scrutiny following a bombshell New York Times report last month that cast doubt on key details of the congressman-elect’s biography, including his education and professional history.
Santos admitted to “embellishing” parts of his resume and apologized, although he did not answer all questions about his claims about himself.
He also denied some of the worst allegations against him, including that he took off with thousands of dollars that had been raised for relief. to fund surgery for a disabled veteran’s dying dog.
Santos also did not explain questions about the source of his apparent wealth, some of which was used to fund his successful congressional campaign.
Santos is being investigated by federal, state, local and international investigators.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy of California and other leading Republicans have refused to join calls for Santos to resign. McCarthy leads a slim GOP House majority that has already proven difficult to unify after it took 15 tries to vote to elect him speaker.
If Santos were to leave office, it would likely trigger a competitive special election in New York to replace him.