As the fallout from Republican Congressman George Santos' resume scandal continues, a new Siena poll reveals that 49% of Republicans say he should resign.
Nearly two-thirds of Democrats (64%) say the embattled freshman representative should resign, and 59% of independent voters said the same. Overall, 59% of respondents say Santos should resign.
Santos also is viewed "unfavorably" by 59% of independents, 56% of Republicans, and 55% of Democrats, according to the poll.
"If Santos had any fantasy about the public being willing to forgive him for his transgressions, the Siena poll basically blows that out of the water," Lawrence Levy, dean of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University, told CBS News.
Santos was elected in November to represent New York's 3rd Congressional District by defeating Democrat Robert Zimmerman. Santos has since come under scrutiny and his credibility has been damaged after he admitted to embellishing his resume with false statements about his educational background, work experience, finances, and other personal details.
A representative at Santos' district office in Douglaston, Queens, told CBS that constituents stopped in on Monday. A sign still hangs outside for Santos' predecessor, Tom Suozzi, however, and there is no sign of the newly minted congressman.
"When they come here, can they expect to see him here?" CBS asked.
"I don't know about his upcoming schedule," the representative said.
The Siena poll comes after Santos told reporters over the weekend that he's focused on serving.
Reporters asked the New York Republican to address alleged campaign finance rules violations and alleged untruths about his late mother being at ground zero on Sept. 11, 2001.
"My take for you guys right now is that I'm focused on serving the American people," Santos said.
According to CBS, no Long Island mayors have been in touch with Santos about constituent issues and the Queens borough president said neither Santos nor his office have reached out.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams' office told CBS that Adams has not spoken with Santos.
When asked what kind of work the representative at Santos' district office was doing, the individual reportedly replied, "Helping constituents, people who need help — health referrals, immigration stuff, charities."
On Sunday, Santos tweeted his intention to be back on Capitol Hill this week and mentioned he would "have a surprise for the 'journalists' assigned to stake outside of my office."
Congress is back in session on Tuesday and he did not show up to his office on Monday, according to CBS.
The poll was conducted Jan. 15-17 and surveyed 821 New York state registered voters. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.3 percentage points.
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