April 6th, 2009
12:53 PM ET
5 years ago

Paterson's approval dips to all time low

 Paterson is in a freefall, according to a new poll.
Paterson is in a freefall, according to a new poll.

(CNN) - New York Gov. David Paterson's approval rating has dipped to an all time low, a steep slide that began with his handling of the state's vacant Senate seat more than three months ago.

According to a new survey from Quinnipiac University, only 28 percent of New York voters approve of the job Paterson is doing, while only 22 percent say he deserves to be reelected to a second term. Just over half of the state's voters also say Paterson should announce immediately he will not seek reelection.

The poll also indicates New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo - who has received plaudits of late for his investigations into Wall Street bonuses - would trounce Patterson in a Democratic primary, 53-32 percent. Cuomo would also easily beat Republican Rudy Giuliani in a general election match up, 53-36 percent, according to the poll.

Paterson, whose approval stood at 53 percent last December, has been beset by a series of criticisms over his handling of Caroline Kennedy earlier this year and more recently the state's massive budget shortfall.

The survey also shows troubling signs for New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who replaced Hillary Clinton when she was tapped for Secretary of State earlier this year. Only 13 percent of New York voters approve of the job Gillibrand is doing while 33 percent disapprove. Over 50 percent remain undecided.

The poll also suggests Gillibrand would have a difficult primary race, should Rep. Carolyn McCarthy decide to run: McCarthy has a narrow 4 point edge over Gillibrand, 33-29 percent.

The poll surveyed 1,528 registered New York voters between April 1-5 and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.


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soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. longhorn

    Gillibrand has 100% rating from the NRA. She needs to go.

    April 6, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  2. Bill/CA

    I'm not from NY, but I don't see how the Kennedy senate thing was mishandled. She was a candidate, and then withdrew after being told she was no longer in the running. Did I miss something?!?

    As for Patterson, I'm not a big fan. I'd like to see Cuomo be the next governor. God help the people of NY if Rudy wins.

    April 6, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  3. Michael

    Donut tax. Haha!

    April 6, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. Nomoreloonyleft

    Outside of NY, who cares?

    April 6, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  5. dan

    As a Democrat, I agree that Patterson is not doing a good job. You do have to take into account the fact that he was handed this mess. He basically woke up one morning and was told "you are now the governor, and by the way, the economy is in the tank, and the state is apporaching bankruptcy. Good luck." If you are not from New York, you should know that in a country of dysfunctional legislatures, the legislature of NY may be the most dysfunctional of all. This doesn't help.

    April 6, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. cup cake

    Give us an alternative to what he is doing . Where will the money come from people. Maybe we should all dig in our own backyard maybe we will find it there.

    April 6, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  7. EBC, MD

    Gov. Patterson startted OFF on the wrong foot. He just had too much "drama" since day one and it has affected his credibility. Bottom line.

    April 6, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  8. throw the bums out

    change, we need some new blood, how about some college kids running for these seats, we have had enough experience, see where experience got us

    April 6, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  9. C Myers

    It's 19 months until the election – who cares about the poles?

    Besides CNN – patterson is not running for relection as he was never elected Gov. a first time.

    He is running to serve a second term.

    Cuomo would be a shipwreck of a Gov. The guy is a thug and makes the ambulance chasing lawyers on late night TV commercials look like upstanding people.

    April 6, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  10. ExDemocrat

    Paterson will be out of office next year the same with Gillibrand. Many Democrats running for election next year will be in for a big surprise, not favorable to them. The media are not reporting the true picture what is going on outside the beltway how dissatifaction and anger of the American people are deepening, not against Republicans but against the Democratic Party. The silent majority are watching the turn of events like a hawk, they also knew majority in the media is very unreliable, instead acting as coverup for Obama's missteps and disasters. President Teleprompter and the media are in cahoots blaming the GOP for everything, that blame the previous administration has lost its steam. Only paid hacks and bloggers by the Democraps are making louf noise all over the internet, the majority are staying quiet but their voice will be heard next year. I'm one of those democrats who will be voting democrats out of office next year. I have had enough of the lies from the Democratic Party.

    April 6, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
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