Hours after the media got wind of U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner’s questionable online activity, which included posting an inappropriate photo of himself on Twitter intended for a direct message to a woman other than his wife, a NY1-Marist Poll of New York City voters found a simple majority (51%) to believe that Weiner should remain in his position as congressman to New York’s 9th district. Less than a third of New York City voters (30%) disagreed with the majority opinion, believing that he should step down from his position. The remaining 18% of those polled were undecided in regards to what Weiner’s next move should be.
However, the majority (56%) of voters want Weiner, who was a potential candidate for the New York City 2013 mayoral election, to bow out of the race.
A notable majority (61%) of New York City residents believe that Weiner’s actions were unethical but not illegal. A little over 10% of New York City voters (13%) believe that Weiner’s actions were illegal. The same proportion stated that Weiner did nothing wrong. Weiner’s public apology was met mostly with skepticism, with 64% of New York City voters stating that his apology was insincere and that he only apologized because he was caught. Almost a quarter (24%) of New York City voters disagrees, reporting his apology to reflect a sincere sentiment of regret.