70% of New Yorkers Want Spitzer to Resign

If he doesn't, 66% want him impeached
By Jim O'Neill,  Newser User
Posted Mar 12, 2008 8:14 AM CDT
Charles O'Byrne, chief of staff to New York Lt. Gov. David Paterson, right, speaks with Assembly member Aileen Gunther, D-Monticell, in the flag room at the state Capitol in Albany, N.Y., Tuesday, March...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – New Yorkers want embattled Gov. Eliot Spitzer to resign from office—or they’ll throw him out, reports the AP. A poll yesterday found 70% of state residents want Spitzer to quit; if he doesn’t, 66% say he should be impeached. "It's a big thumbs down," said pollster Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.

Since a brief Monday apology, Spitzer hasn’t talked to the media, remaining with his family in their New York City apartment. Republicans have had plenty to say, demanding he leave office. Democrats, meanwhile, have remained largely mum. Spitzer—who had a reputation as a straight arrow—stands accused of spending up to $80,000 patronizing high-priced hookers.