Poll: New York Voters Hard On Paterson


Sixty percent of New York voters disapprove of the job Governor David Paterson has done in office and sixty-three percent do not feel he deserves to be elected for a full term, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll out Monday. His approval rating stands at just 28 percent.

Paterson was sworn in last year after former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer resigned amid a prostitution scandal.

Fifty-three percent of Paterson's constituents feel he should announce now that he will not run for governor next year. Thirty-nine percent say he can restore his reputation and should run in 2010.

These numbers are the lowest any New York governor has ever received.

In a potential Democratic primary match-up, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo beats Paterson sixty-one percent to eighteen percent. And in a potential general election match-up, former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani tops Paterson fifty three to thirty two percent.

Cuomo tops Giuliani fifty-three percent to thirty-six percent in a head-to-head matchup.

Among New Yorkers' complaints is Patterson's handling of the budget. Seventy percent of New York voters disapprove of the governor's handling of the matter.

"Voters say almost 3-1 Paterson doesn't deserve a full 4-year term," Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, pointed out.

"There's nothing good for Paterson in this poll," Carroll said. "Cuomo, who has minded his manners during Paterson's collapse…This poll has nothing but good news for Cuomo."

New York voters give Cuomo a sixty-three percent favorability rating, and forty-three percent of Republicans feel positively towards the state's attorney general. Twenty seven percent of New York voters feel favorably towards Paterson.
The jury is still out on newly-appointed New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Her approval rating stands at thirty-three percent, with fifty-four percent undecided. Thirteen percent disapprove of Gillibrand.