March 3rd, 2009
03:10 PM ET
5 years ago

Record low for Paterson’s sinking poll numbers

Just 26 percent of the state’s registered voters questioned in a Marist poll released Tuesday say they approve of Gov. David Paterson’s job performance.
Just 26 percent of the state’s registered voters questioned in a Marist poll released Tuesday say they approve of Gov. David Paterson’s job performance.

(CNN) - More bad news for New York Gov. David Paterson: in a new poll, the governor's approval rating plummeted 20 points in a month.

Just 26 percent of the state’s registered voters questioned in a Marist poll released Tuesday say they approve of Paterson’s job performance - the lowest approval rating a New York state governor has received in the poll’s 30-year history, and a sharp decline from the governor’s January showing.

Fifty-three percent of those polled said they would vote for former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani if the 2010 vote for governor were held today, while 38 percent said they would back Paterson.

Paterson is losing ground against the former Republican presidential candidate – the two were in a statistical standoff in January's poll, and in November's poll the governor maintained a 51 percent to 41 percent lead.

The sitting governor does fare better than former congressman Rick Lazio. Forty-seven percent would support Paterson in a run against Lazio, while 35 percent would back the congressman. Eighteen percent are undecided.

The state’s financial woes appear to be the reason for Paterson’s sinking approval ratings: Nearly six in 10 of those surveyed say they are dissatisfied with how Paterson is managing New York's budget. Only 30 percent approve of how the governor is handling the state’s financial affairs.

And how do the voters feel about the direction New York is heading? Not great. Sixty-five percent are not happy with the trajectory of the Empire State, with just 27 percent reporting that the state is moving along the right path.

But there may be a silver lining for Paterson: 77 percent of those surveyed think the governor is working hard, and 62 percent believe he understands the problems of voters. Fourty-four percent think Paterson's a good leader.

The Marist poll was conducted February 25-26, with 1,045 New York state registered voters questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.


Filed under: David Paterson • New York • Polls • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. S.M

    Yeah, of course Rudy would like to be Gov. so he can run with as many Call Girls as Spitz.

    March 3, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  2. Dont blame me

    Just another corrupt democRAT.

    March 3, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  3. Muttley

    Rich, very well put and very well evaluated. I don't agree necessarily with all of your editorial comments but you've brought the data forward and have that data to back you up. Too bad you aren't a democrat discussing policy with a moderate republican on TV. It would be a much less shrill, much more informative discusson.

    And with that, no further comment!

    March 3, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  4. Where's the CHANGE?

    It's Rudy time.

    March 3, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  5. simmy

    Funny how the bashers are quick to condemn President Obama, and call him a failure, in less than 2 months. But there was not a peek out of them for 8 long years. Bush was throwing billions away, cooking the books, and who knows what else, yet none had a word to say against him. That means that President Obama is doing something right.

    Haters only hate out of jealousy and fear. They are jealous of the total package that the man brings to the political table: confidence, intelligence, wisdom, and genuine concern for the American people.
    They fear the downfall of politics as usual, and the success of President Obama, which will automatically usher him into office for a second term. Those seeking failure, are themselves losers and failures. The chip never falls too far from the block.

    March 3, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  6. ran

    Good. I hope CK runs and wins.

    March 3, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  7. meh

    The Night Manager> Are you serious? Rudy is AWFUL.

    March 3, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  8. Where is the OUTRAGE when in 2001 GW BUSH gave 1.35 trillion dollars in TAX CUT to the RICH & CORPORATE AMERICA

    this is the price Paterson will pay for stepping on the toes of a living legend Kennedy!

    he should have known better, but he felt the governor sit he acquired by default gave him enough political capital to crap all over an establishment democrat!

    this will be a lesson learned for an up start politician that you dont mess with the power brokers!!!!!

    March 3, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  9. Citizen from NY

    Return that $52K rug, Gov Patterson!!!! And while we're at it, return that $200 toaster!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 3, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  10. gary

    Oh my goodness. HIs poll numbers are lower than Bushes or the Democrats, yet he didn't borrow 4 trillion dollars to spend on pork and call stimulus, he didn't get us into an expensive war, he didn't fail to help Katrina victums, he didn't hire a prostitute and he paid his taxes. I can't figure this state of New York out.

    March 3, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  11. karuna

    Doesn't matter who the next governor will be as long as it is NOT Paterson. He is not fit for the office and it showed him in the poorest of light during the Caroline saga. He and Blago and Burris belong to the same group and they should all have a get-together and write a book!

    March 3, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  12. Janet-NY

    Gov. Paterson has nothing done for corrupt Wall St. The only thing he
    has done spendthrift was how delusional Caroline Kennedy made have the NY Senator seat replaced Hillary. However it failed, too.
    NY needs such as Gov. who is strongly available to reform corrupt Wall St., to increase revenue and jobs as well as to cut taxes.
    The NY Gov. should enhance such tax-frauder, Charles Rangel(D-Rep. NY, my distric) to handle fairly in NY. So many NYker have struggled to pay taxes, however, they made it. NO MORE EXECUSE AND MERCY ON TAX-BLUNDER. GO Rudy Giuliani/2010

    March 3, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  13. ch

    Caroline Kennedy destroyed herself.

    She proved herself to be uninformed, unimpressive and unqualified to replace the political legend of Hillary Clinton.

    Hillary Clinton impressed New Yorkers with her strength, knowledge and work ethic. Caroline had NONE of these skills and clearly was unqualified.

    March 3, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  14. Taniel

    ANother major poll came today from Pennsylvania, where things look tough for Senator Arlen Specter, especially among his own party's voters.

    March 3, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  15. B W

    As a person from "upstate" New York (I mean closer to Montreal, Canada than NYC) I don't know what to think. Paterson seems intent on taxing us to death. Look around...we cannot hop on a subway to get where we need to go. There are no commuter trains and very few buses....in other words very limited public transportation. We do not have an "abundance" of hospitals .... very lucky if we have one every 50 miles. Unfortunately I don't see where Rudy would be any better. Now we do have wide open spaces...unfortunately there are being filled with prisons to take care of the criminals....

    March 3, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  16. NYCreader

    I used to be a big supporter of Gov. Patterson, but he lost much of my respect when he was not transparent with the senate nomination process and when he disrespected Caroline Kennedy regardless of whether he chose her or not. She's not, "A celebrity", but the daughter of a slain President. She was born in New York City and contributed a lot to NY as a citizen. Since when did people have to be career politicians or vote in every election to be a Senator? I'd rather a regular kind and caring citizen who has chosen to focus on education for much of her life, to serve as my Senator, especially if she's from a family that had literally committed their lives to the service of America.

    Governor Patterson should have shown a little more understanding that this is not a woman who – as one representative said 'needed to attend county fairs to milk cows' or to 'donate to the Democratic party", or a 'celebrity like J-LO'. Let's get one thing straight, this is a woman who gave her father and her uncle- JFK and RFK (RIP) to this country's service. And she doesn't have to give any greater donation than that.

    Governor Patterson has a tough job these days, and it's respectable that he is doing his best as a politician who many never have become Gov but for a major scandal. And I give him a lot of credit for the role-model he is to those with disabilities. But I am very much willing to consider another candidate for governor in the next election.

    March 3, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  17. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    Patterson is being realistic. When asked to give ideas, the NY legislators sat silent. NY was labeled "the most dysfunctional" state government a few years ago (50th place) and is working to maintain that honor.

    Like most states, no one wants more taxes, and if spending must be cut, it should be other programs – certainly Not Mine!

    The only popular NY governor would be the one that ignored the fiscal crises. Patterson isn't willing to do that! Easier to complain than to come up with real solutions so his numbers are down. Which is why I don't live in NY anymore!

    March 3, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  18. arithmetic is liberal

    Thank you Rich, the only person who seems to have a clue about what goes on in New York.

    Everyone else spouting anything off about Caroline Kennedy, one way or the other, needs to get educated.

    March 3, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  19. mw

    NO CREDIBILITY. NEEDS A SHAVE. NEEDS TO GO.

    March 3, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  20. Willy Brown

    Even a blind man could see that!

    March 3, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  21. Samuel

    Gov. Paterson will win the coming election hands down. Mark my words. He is better than any sensible republican. Therefore, forget about the useless ones like Rush's type. Gov Parterson is doing his work professionally and I like that.

    March 3, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  22. NY'er77

    I am a Democrat, and I for one will not be voting for Gov. Paterson. He is making big cuts to healthcare, cutting state employee's wages this year (by quite a bit!), as well as implementing layoffs statewide. Meanwhile, he gives his top aides pay raises and refuses to cut the many programs that are wasteful. It's looking like the green party is getting my vote this election cycle here in NY.

    March 3, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  23. Tom in Delaware

    To Typical White Person:

    Thank you, there are too few people who even care to know the truth in this county any more...you give me faith.

    March 3, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  24. slp

    There are people who are poor due to circumstances out of their control, then there are people who don't want anymore than what the government gives them at the expense of hard working tax payers. Hard work is valued by God and is substantiated by His word. For example, the Apostle Paul would always work for his food and a place to sleep when he was in a town on his missionary journeys. 2 Thessalonians 3:7-8 says "7 For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you; 8 Neither did we eat any man's bread for nought; but wrought with labor and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you.
    In other words, each of us is responsible for making our own way. Yes we are to help those who have have stumbled on unfortunate events. Jesus did that. However, he always held people accountable for their actions and the way they lived their lives. Jesus was not a liberal. He was about as conservative as you can get. We should help those less fortunate than us in a way that helps them get back up and makes them stronger. I do not believe that it is wrong to let someone go hungry if they are lazy and won't work. Our current government doesn't want to impower people. They want to keep people down and dependent in order to maintain their power. All I can say is that each one will be held accountable to God one day for the way they have governed.

    March 3, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  25. Faye of Ohio

    He affected the life of a wonderful person – Caroline Kennedy – in a negative way. Throughout all of the Kennedy tragedies, she has maintained her privacy while "giving to the world" at the same time. She would have made a wonderful senator.

    March 3, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
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