Poll: Majority of New Yorkers think Rep. Weiner should not resign

A majority of New Yorkers do not want Rep. Anthony Weiner to resign his congressional seat, a new poll found.

According to the NY1-Marist poll, released Tuesday night, 51 percent of New York voters think Weiner (D-N.Y.) should remain in Congress. Meanwhile, 30 percent think he should step down, and 18 percent aren't sure.

The poll comes in the aftermath of Weiner's admission on Monday that he engaged in "inappropriate" correspondence with six women over the last three years, including sending a message from his Twitter account to a woman of a photo of his waist area clad in underwear.

The tweet was sent out more than a week ago, and initially Weiner maintained that he did not send it and that his account had been hacked. He initially deleted the tweet, but not before it caught the blogosphere's attention. On Monday, Weiner reversed course and admitted to sending the tweet.

The same NY1-Marist poll found that 61 percent of New Yorkers think Weiner did something unethical, while 13 percent think he did nothing wrong. Thirteen percent believe Weiner did something illegal, and 14 percent are unsure whether he did something wrong or illegal.

The poll found 56 percent of New Yorkers do not want Weiner to run for mayor in light of the scandal, while 25 percent think he should and 19 percent are unsure. Weiner ran for mayor in 2005 and appeared to be gearing up for another run in 2013.

Since Weiner's admission, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel (N.Y.) have both called for the House Ethics Committee to investigate whether Weiner violated the rules of the chamber.

A number of Republicans have called for Weiner to step down.

During his announcement, Weiner said he had no plans to resign his seat.

The poll of 500 New Yorkers was conducted shortly after Weiner's admission and is statistically significant within 4.5 percentage points.