GOP Rep. George Santos should resign from Congress, New York state voters say in new poll

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  • Republican Representative George Santos should resign from Congress, a majority of voters in his home state of New York said in a new poll.
  • Respondents also held a strongly unfavorable opinion of the new lawmaker, who has admitted to lying about his background and has faced multiple investigations.
  • Santos has vowed to serve out his full two-year term in the House.

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Scandal-stricken Republican Rep. Jorge Santos should resign from Congress, voters in his home state of New York said by an overwhelming majority New poll released on Monday,

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Nearly 59% of registered voters in the Empire State say Santos, who has admitted he lied and is facing multiple investigations, should resign, according to the latest poll by the Siena College Research Institute. Among Republicans, about half agreed he should go.

Just 17% of respondents from Sienna said they believed Santos should remain in office. The poll of 821 registered voters in New York State, conducted between January 15-19, has a margin of error of 4.3 percentage points.

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Santos’s favorability ratings fared no better, the poll showed: by more than a 3 to 1 margin, from 16% to 56%, voters in New York hold an unfavorable opinion of the new legislator. That minus-40 net favorability rating includes 56% of Republican respondents as well as majorities for Democrats and independents, Ciena found.

Twenty-eight percent of respondents said they did not know Santos or had no opinion of him — a smaller proportion than Hakeem Jeffries, a six-term representative from New York who recently became the Democratic leader in the House.

Santos has vowed to serve out his full two-year term in the House, fending off scorching condemnation from his own fellow Republicans in Long Island, where his congressional district is located.

She faced sustained, intense scrutiny last month after an explosive New York Times report called into question key details of the newly elected congressman’s biography, including her education and professional history.

Santos has acknowledged that he “embellished” parts of his resume and apologized, although he has not answered all questions about his claims about himself.

He has also denied some of the most damaging allegations against him, including the thousands of dollars he raised to help fund the operation of a disabled veteran’s dying dog.

Santos has also not clarified questions regarding the source of his apparent wealth, some of which was used to fund his successful congressional campaign.

Investigators at the federal, state, local and international levels are looking for Santos.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and other top Republicans have declined to join calls for Santos to resign. McCarthy leads the GOP House majority, which has already proved difficult to unify after the vote to elect the speaker took 15 tries.

If Santos leaves office, it would likely trigger a competitive special election for his seat in New York.

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