January 27th, 2009
01:55 PM ET
11 months ago

New York Senate chaos takes toll on governor

Paterson's approval ratings have slipped.
Paterson's approval ratings have slipped.

(CNN)– The perceived chaos surrounding the appointment to fill Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's Senate seat has taken a toll on New York's governor, according to a new poll.

New York Gov. David Paterson's approval rating has slipped 10 points over the last month, and now stands at 44 percent, according to a new survey conducted by Marist College.

Paterson - who assumed the governorship after Elliot Spitzer resigned the post - also trails New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg by six points, 47-41 percent, in a potential 2010 gubernatorial match-up. Paterson is also in a dead heat with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, should the onetime presidential candidate throw his hat into the ring. In earlier polls, Paterson held leads over both potential candidates.

Forty-six percent of New Yorkers approve of Paterson's decision to tap former Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand for Clinton’s old Senate seat, while 24 percent say he made the wrong choice.

The poll also suggests Gillibrand could face a tough 2010 race, depending on who Republicans field to run against her. While she easily bests GOP Rep. Peter King by 25 points, Gillibrand is locked in a dead heat with former New York Gov. George Pataki.


Filed under: David Paterson • Kirsten Gillibrand
soundoff (75 Responses)
  1. R.S.Newark

    If Gov. Peterson had appointed Ms. Schlossberg, his approval rating would be dirt level. When writting an account that attempts believability consider the other side of the question.

    January 27, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  2. R.S.Newark

    What would Gov Paterson's approval rating be if he appointed Ms. Schlossberg?

    January 27, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  3. Fred C Dobbs

    This should have been a non-story.

    Kudos to Caroline Kennedy and the laziness of the media for making it a story.

    The economy and the war on terror seems to have taken a backseat to low effort reporters (CNN, MSNBC & NY Times) who have never met a "story" too trivial.

    January 27, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. Matt

    Good...he did a horrible job letting the media sensationalize the whole Caroline Kennedy thing, turning it into a fiasco. He's the Chief Executive of one of our largest states and should have just put on his big-boy pants and made an executive decision like he's supposed to instead of waffling for so long.

    January 27, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. Baze

    Whatever. This guy wouldn't have even gotten elected in the first place.

    January 27, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  6. ran

    Good. Paterson needs to go. Also, his appointment will not get elected in 2010. I hope CK runs either for Gov. or Senator. if she does she will win either seat.

    January 27, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  7. Douglas, Los Angeles California

    If he didn't listen to polls about Caroline Kennedy, he would be better off today... He should have chosen her; that would have shown that he is the governor and in the drivers seat. He let polls dictate the decision to do the right thing.

    January 27, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  8. Gretchen, SD

    Good, he's an idiot for not picking Caroline.

    January 27, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  9. Kathy

    Mike Bloomberg WILL make an outstanding governor if he choses to run! He will win!

    Go Mike!

    January 27, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  10. go away mongers -Ventura ca

    Naming a poster-person for the NRA will always take a toll in a freedom-loving Country or State.
    'The republicans are probably dancing in their smoke-filled rooms!

    January 27, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  11. A Really Conservative Realist

    Thank you for a card carrying NRA Dem. I love you my friend.

    January 27, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  12. Re-election

    When his budget cuts take effect and more New Yorkers lose their jobs because of his narrow ideas on how to tame spending, his ratings will slip even more dramatically. Then it will be up to someone else to fix his mess... and I thought we just finished up with 8 years of chaos and stupidity.

    No way he wins in an election, sorry.

    January 27, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  13. alvin

    I am not voting for Patterson neither. I`m not a fan of CKennedy but he could have picked Cuomo instead of the NRA rep.

    January 27, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  14. Jim Hall

    Caroline Kennedy should have replaced Hilary Clinton in the senate Jim Hall Kansas City Missouri.

    January 27, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  15. john w

    hey...paterson was never qualified to be a governor in any form, shape or idea. oh.. i forgot we are talking New York...

    January 27, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  16. Fitty scents

    Ok we gotchya, now want to know more about ya, senator Gilligan??? Catchy name for someone from long island.

    was a Caroline fan, but now will back u. Hope to see u one day, politically put Palin in her place. On the side lines, preferrablyl completely out of sight.

    Good Luck Gilliagam

    January 27, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  17. Gracie

    Everyone knows that Governor Patterson is a liar. If you KNOW his record, he has done nothing but lied throughout his career. No surprises here. NO one is falling for his claim of innocence.

    January 27, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  18. Moderates Unite!

    Can someone explain to me how any of this "chaos" is attributed to Governor Paterson???

    His job was to select the most qualified candidate. Mrs. Gillibrand is a pefectly acceptable choice (subject to personal preference; of course)

    He didn't offer the position for sale; unlike his fellow Governor from Illinois. He didn't butcher an interview by being uneducated on the issues and "you know"ing it to death.

    Smells like another example of how much influence the media has on the way we think...

    January 27, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  19. Carl

    If it's taking a toll and making him tired, then maybe he should create a tired tax, blind tax, left handed tax, etc. to go along with his fat tax.

    That way, he knows he can't be tired without being forced to give money back to a government that simply doesn't know how to stop spending.

    January 27, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  20. Ken

    Look CNN, we get it.

    We get the fact that you don't like that Governor Patterson didn't select a hyper-Leftist to the NY Senate seat. STOP with the anti-Patterson and anti-Gillibrand "stories" already!

    Could you be any more obvious? Sheesh.

    January 27, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  21. Precious Coker, NY

    Does he want to run for re-election? I guess not!!!

    January 27, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  22. Peter

    This is pathetic, Gillibrand is qualified to be a senator...Just ask yourself this, its her or Sarah Palin...Who would YOU choose?

    January 27, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  23. Meh

    This guy is a putz, but god no, PLEASE no Guiliani!!

    January 27, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  24. Bob in Pa

    Among the students and staff at Marist College, or the people of New York? Nothing against Marist, just the Poll.

    January 27, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  25. Jamie

    I believe it! This guy showed such promise a year ago but since that time he's proved to have no talent to lead a great state. I'm almost tempted to say that Sarah Palin and her abysmal leadership skills at least have entertainment value. I prefer SNL's version of the no sense- of-humor governor to the real thing. The knifing his staff (him too?) did to Carolyn Kennedy was pretty much the end of any expecations I had for this guy. I'm a democrat but even i will admit that Rudy-911-Guliani can do better.

    January 27, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
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