Public Policy Polling: 60% Say Weiner Should Quit

Wednesday, 15 Jun 2011 12:15 PM

By Jim Meyers

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Disgraced Rep. Anthony Weiner has become one of the most unpopular figures in the history of Public Policy Polling’s surveys, and 60 percent of respondents in a new poll say the New York Democrat should resign.

In the wake of his cybersex scandal, 70 percent of voters nationally now have an unfavorable opinion of Weiner, while just 8 percent have a favorable one, the survey discloses.

A resounding 85 percent of Republicans have a negative view of Weiner, and 3 percent have a favorable view. But even among Democrats, a majority — 63 percent — view Weiner in a negative light.

Asked whether Weiner should resign from the House, only 25 percent say he should not, while 60 percent say he should, and 15 percent are not sure, according to Public Policy Polling.

Democrats who believe Weiner should step down outnumber those who say he shouldn’t, by a margin of 46 percent to 34 percent. Only 11 percent of Republicans and 28 percent of independents want Weiner to stay in office, while 81 percent of Republicans and 54 percent of independents think he should resign.

Interestingly, more men than women think Weiner should resign, 66 percent to 55 percent.

Weiner sent graphic photos of himself to at least one woman, and admitted having online sexual exchanges with six women while married.

Public Policy Polling pointed out that 78 percent of voters nationally have an opinion of Weiner, compared with just 64 percent who say they have an opinion about House Speaker John Boehner, and observed: “Only in America can sending a dirty tweet make you more well known than being one of the most powerful people in the country.”


In fact, the bronze plaque bearing Weiner’s name outside his suite of congressional offices has become a popular tourist destination in Washington, according to the New York Post.

Noting the “circus-like atmosphere” outside his office, the Post reported that more than 100 sightseers snapped souvenir photos in front of the plaque on Tuesday.

Referring to the Public Policy Polling survey, the Post, which called Weiner “the lewd lawmaker,” stated on Wednesday: “America has seen enough of Anthony Weiner.”

Sources told the Post that Democratic caucus members expect Weiner to resign by the end of this week, after meeting with his wife, Huma Abedin, an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Abedin returned from an overseas trip on Wednesday.


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