A new Siena College poll shows that most New York City and State voters are embarrassed by the the attention given to Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer.
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New York voters overwhelmingly said they are embarrassed by the media attention focused on the political comebacks being attempted by Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer, who each previously resigned from public office after a sex scandal and now are running for different New York City offices.
A Siena College poll released Monday found that 68 percent of New York State voters and 62 percent of New York City voters said they were embarrassed by what the pollsters noted was a “great deal of the attention across the country” focused on the two candidates.
The poll also held a dubious distinction for Mr. Weiner. Eighty percent of New York state voters rated him unfavorably – the highest unfavorable rating ever recorded in the Siena poll. Mr. Spitzer had a 79 percent unfavorable rating after resigning as governor in 2008 amid a prostitution scandal, but that has declined to 59 percent in the latest Siena poll, conducted Aug. 4-7 among 814 registered voters.