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Poll: Majority of New York Voters Think Weiner Shouldn't Resign

Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New Yorkers' first impression is that embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner should not resign his post.

According to a survey of 500 New York City registered voters conducted by New York 1 and Marist College, only 30 percent say Weiner should resign. Fifty-one percent of respondents said he should stay in his position and 18 percent said they were not sure.

"It’s worth keeping in mind that New York is overwhelmingly Democratic. Partisanship can run high in this town. Moral outrage, maybe less so,” said ABC News pollster Gary Langer of Langer Research Associates.

While the slim majority of New York voters said Weiner should not resign, he has enjoyed less support among his colleagues on both sides of the aisle.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor both called on Weiner to resign, while Republican real estate magnate Donald Trump took to YouTube and called Weiner a "psycho" and a "bad guy."

There wasn’t much more support for Weiner among Democrats either. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told reporters, "I wish there was some way I can defend him but I can't."

And while it does not appear that Weiner violated any laws, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi officially asked the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct to investigate whether Weiner violated ethics rules by carrying on his online relationships.

Weiner has been a rising star among Democrats and until the sexting imbroglio was considered a viable candidate for New York mayor. While a bare majority of the city's voters in the NY1/Marist poll said he shouldn’t resign from Congress, fewer supported a potential Weiner mayoral run. Twenty-five percent said he should run for mayor in the 2013 election, while 56 percent said he should not and 19 percent were unsure.

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