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NY1 Exclusive: Poll Finds Weiner Can Keep His Congress Seat But Should Not Eye City Hall

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A day after Congressman Anthony Weiner admitted to inappropriate online behavior, an exclusive NY1-Marist poll finds that a majority of New Yorkers do not want him to resign but also do not support his running for mayor in 2013. NY1's Ruschell Boone filed the following report.

Clearing the air about his Twitter scandal might have been good for Congressman Anthony Weiner’s conscience, but his political career has taken a great blow. While some of his constituents are calling for his resignation, a slim majority of New Yorkers want him to stay.

An exclusive NY1-Marist poll shows that 51 percent of city voters want Weiner to remain in office. Only 30 percent believe he should resign and 18 percent are unsure.

"It spells trouble any way you look at it for Congressman Weiner, especially in the short term and when you look down the road in terms of what his future political aspirations may be," says Marist Poll Director Lee Miringoff.

Weiner's made no secret of wanting to running for mayor in 2013, but 56 percent of those polled, including a majority of Democrats, say he should not even try.

Only 25 percent of registered voters would like him to run and 19 percent were unsure.

"I really liked him before but I don't know with this scandal right now," says one New Yorker.

While many believe his behavior was unethical, most did not feel it was criminal. Six in 10 polled New Yorkers say his behavior was unethical but not illegal. Just 13 percent believe it was.

"He didn't break any law by doing that. He didn't really show anything. It's not indecent exposure. It's just poor judgment," says another New Yorker.

Another 13 percent believe the congressman did nothing wrong, and some residents in his district agree.

"I saw him on TV yesterday and he sounded so apologetic. I felt so bad for him," says another resident of Weiner's district.

However, 64 percent of the people polled believe Weiner apologized only because he got caught. Only 24 percent think he is truly sorry and 12 percent are not sure.

"He has to show the public that he's sorry even though he isn't. He did what he did and that's it," says a constituent of Weiner.

Now many in his district say he may have to pay a steep political price.

Note: 500 New Yorkers were polled the night of June 6, 2011. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 4.5 percentage points.

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