A bare majority of registered voters statewide say Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) should resign his leadership position, according to a new poll by the Siena Research Institute that examined a number of political questions.
Silver has been criticized for his handling of the scandal surrounding ex-Assemblyman Vito Lopez of Brooklyn, who has been accused of inappropriate conduct toward a number of young women. Lopez may run for a City Council district that includes a portion of Queens.
Fifty-two percent of those surveyed say Silver failed the people and should step down, while 32 percent said he should stay.
The poll also found that Gov. Cuomo’s favorability rating is the lowest it’s been since he took office, at 58 percent, with 35 percent unfavorable. The poll considers ratings of excellent and good to be favorable, and fair and poor to be unfavorable.
The survey also found that support for hydrofracking, the controversial gas drilling process, has slipped slightly, with 37 percent in favor of allowing it and 44 against, and that 44 percent say combating corruption should be Albany’s top priority.