NY sex scandals impact candidates in new poll

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August 13, 2013

New York

By Megan Busse

NEW YORK CITY,New York:Sex scandals leave a bad impression on New York voters, according to a recent Siena College poll. 68% of voters—including 62% of New York City voters, are embarrassed by all the media attention surrounding former Governor Eliot Spitzer and current mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner.[1]

According to Steven Greenberg, a Siena college pollster, Weiner has set a new record in Siena poll history—an 80% unfavorable view, including 75% of Democratic voters.[1] Weiner is a former congressman from New York who resigned two years ago over explicit pictures and conversations he carried on with women online. Weiner was married at the time and since then has welcomed a child with wife, Huma Abedin.[2] Earlier this summer, more sexting reports emerged, complicating his mayoral campaign.

Spitzer fares a little better than Weiner in the polls. Only 59% of voters view him unfavorably.[1] Spitzer is currently running for city controller. He previously served as Governor of New York before a prostitution scandal led to his resignation. According to published reports, investigators believe Spitzer paid up to $80,000 for prostitutes over a period of several years while he was Attorney General, and later as Governor.[3][4][5]