Poll: 62 Percent Of Americans Wish Their Governor Would Take A Hike, Too
In a shocking poll in the wake of an unexplained absence by South Carolina's governor, almost two thirds of Americans said they wouldn't mind if their governor took some time off, too.
The survey by the Center for Political Opinion also found that nearly as many Americans wouldn't mind if their members of Congress vamoosed, either.
"Essentially, they're saying to people in government, 'Don't let the door hit you on the way out,' " said Stu Wasserman, director of the center in Wilmington, De. "When [South Carolina Gov.] Mark Sanford said he was going to take a hike, people in other states seemed to think he had the right idea."
The poll numbers in favor of politicians going AWOL was particularly high in New York, where members of the state Senate have been locked in a leadership battle for weeks, shutting down operations in the upper house. Only 3 percent of New Yorkers said they opposed the idea of a long leave of absence for their elected officials.
"Considering the dismal approval rating of New York's Gov. David Paterson," said Wasserman, "lots of people wouldn't notice the difference."