A Tuesday NY1/Marist College Poll shows a majority of voters in Congressman Anthony Weiner's district in Brooklyn and Queens do not want him to step down, but voter opinion may turn as the calls for resignation continue to build. NY1's Erica Ferrari filed the following report.
The tone among Congressman Anthony Weiner's supporters in Forest Hills, Queens is clear -- he displayed a severe lapse in personal judgment.
"He's doing some curious stuff. He's a grown man," said one voter.
“I have a very hard time with the resigning thing. But, personally, in a very selfish way, I was crying when I heard about it, because he was a voice for things I strongly believed in, and that voice has now been taken away," said another. "Who's going to take his place? Nobody. I'm so, so incredibly upset about that.”
A NY1 Marist College poll taken Tuesday, following Weiner's admission he exchanged sexually explicit texts and photo with various women he met online, shows 56 percent of the voters polled in his congressional district believed he should still be allowed to serve out his term.
As more details emerge, however, voters' opinions seem to be shifting.
"He blew it when it comes to the moral stuff. People don't forget so quick," said a voter.
"He is completely obsessed with himself. And he's a geeky looking guy, really! I mean, he does not look like Jack Kennedy, you know?" said a second. "And the poor wife, expecting."
"Ugh, turns my stomach," said a third. "If this is not enough to send him packing, I don't know what is."
Yet, many think despite the scandal in his personal life, the congressman has a bright future ahead in politics.
One woman on Saturday praised Weiner on a Forest Hills street, in front of reporters' cameras.
"I support you no matter what. I support you. You know, that's your private life. You are a great man. You are the right person in the right position," she said. "I support you, we all support you. Forest Hills, all of New York are going to make sure you are the next mayor."
As Weiner steps out of the spotlight at a treatment center, his supporters hope no more negative details come out of the scandal.