The pressure is mounting on Congressman Anthony Weiner to step down after his X-rated photo surfaced yesterday, hours before news broke that he is going to be a father.
However, a new, exclusive NY1-Marist College poll finds a majority of those Anthony Weiner represents say their congressman should weather the scandal sparked by his online dalliances.
Registered voters in New York's 9th Congressional District -- constituents of Weiner -- were polled on Wednesday.
Of those polled, 56 percent say Weiner should not step down. Only 33 percent say he should resign and 12 percent are not sure.
"I think he's a great congressman," said one voter.
"I think that before he's an elected official or a citizen, he's a man. I think that these things happen every day, and you know, they're using him as a scapegoat," said another.
Weiner's fellow Democrats were more even supportive.
The poll finds that 63 percent of Democrats say he should not step down, versus 47 percent of Republicans and 44 percent of non-enrolled voters.
"There's no doubt that people in his district have taken notice of this and are not by any means pleased with what's been going on. The question, though, is that they don't think it's a matter of professional inadequacies," says NY1-Marist College pollster Lee Miringoff. "They think that this reflects questions of his personal judgement."
Weiner's congressional district. Click to enlarge.
"This is his personal life. And I feel that the public should actually lay off," says a voter.
When asked if Weiner did something unethical, not illegal, 73 percent agreed.
Only 11 percent say he did something illegal and 9 percent say he did nothing wrong.
Seven percent are not sure.
Still a majority do think this all has compromised his effectiveness. After handing him a seventh term by a relatively thin margin for his district, voters seem to be souring on him, clouding his prospects for an eighth term.
"His time is up. Get rid of him," says a voter.
Of those polled, 42 percent have an unfavorable view of him, versus 38 percent with a favorable view. Twenty percent are not sure.
Asked if they would vote for him again, 31 percent say they would be definitely would not.
Thirty percent say they are definitely for Weiner's re-election, but 38 percent are not sure.
Pollsters questioned 512 voters in the 9th Congressional District on June 8, and the margin of error ranges from 4.5 to 5 percentage points.