May 13th, 2009
03:48 PM ET
6 years ago

Polls: Top NY politicians headed in different directions

A new poll out Wednesday shows the lowest-ever approval rating for a New York governor  David Paterson recorded by Quinnipiac polling.
A new poll out Wednesday shows the lowest-ever approval rating for a New York governor David Paterson recorded by Quinnipiac polling.

(CNN) – New polls of New York state voters suggest that two of the state's top politicians are headed in different directions.

Sixty-one percent of those questioned in a Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday disapprove of the job David Paterson is doing as New York governor. Twenty-eight percent approve of Paterson's performance in office, unchanged from April's survey. It's the lowest-ever approval rating for a New York governor recorded by Quinnipiac polling.

The survey indicates that Paterson would lose a hypothetical primary matchup next year against state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo by an overwhelming 62 to 17 percent margin. Cuomo, who has not yet revealed whether he plans to run for the top spot, is the son of former three-term New York Gov. Mario Cuomo.

If Paterson survives a primary challenge, the survey indicates he trails Republican Rudy Giuliani by 22 points in a hypothetical general election matchup. The poll suggests Cuomo would beat Giuliani by 6 points in a possible November 2010 showdown, down 11 points from April's poll.

"Paterson has time to turn things around before the 2010 election, of course, but there's not a hint of good news for him in this poll," says Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

It's a very different story for another top New York politician. A new Marist Poll released today indicates that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's approval rating has jumped seven points over the past three months, from 52 percent in February to 59 percent in May.

The survey also suggests that New Yorker City voters are becoming more optimistic about their city's future, with 53 percent of those questioned saying the city's headed in the right direction. That's up 16 points from Marist's February poll.

Forty-seven percent of those questioned say Bloomberg deserves a third term as mayor, up seven points from February. Forty-eight percent say it's time to give someone else a turn as mayor, down seven points from Marist's last poll.

The survey also indicates that Bloomberg has double-digit leads in hypothetical election matchups against three possible contenders.

The Marist poll of 741 New York City voters was conducted by telephone May 5-7. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted May 5-11, with 2,828 New York State registered voters questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 1.8 percentage points.


Filed under: Andrew Cuomo • David Paterson
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Mississippi Mike

    Democrats have ruined the State of New York. The last competent political leader in the state was Giuliani. If New Yorkers want to improve condidtions, Giuliani is the only choice that makes sense.

    May 13, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  2. patNY

    If Rudy ever became NY governor, I am moving to CT!

    May 13, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  3. Mr.Patterson

    Please do the state of New York a favor step a side and let Andrew Cuomo take over.

    May 13, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Cuomo is gonna win by a landslide if he gets in the race.

    May 13, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  5. Tulsa

    Hey Ms'sippi Mike, Why don't you worry about YOUR state? Last I saw, you guys are about last in all kinds of areas.....Education, 49, per capita income, 50, etc.... oh, you ARE NO 1 in infant mortality though..... Maybe you should look in the mirror and see what Republican leadership has done for YOUR state.

    May 13, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. Mari( maybe one of my comments will be posted)

    Rudy Giulliani, yuck. That man is just icky. Come on NY, Bloomberg or Cuomo, please!

    @ Mississippi Mike.......... please do be specific, how have the Democrats ruined the State of New York? I will check back and read your answer.

    May 13, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  7. Jim

    Giuliani, as in the man who tried to have a court evict his wife so he could have his mistress spend the night in the mayoral mansion? Nice... Real Family Values from the GOP...

    May 13, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  8. TomJay

    Caroline Kennedy for Governor!

    May 13, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  9. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    All three of these leaders are not going to cut it, same old tired ideas. NY will show that the people are feed up with both of the major parties, and a third party will emerge to lead the great state back into this new century. Common people using common sense just like the founding fathers designed for our government.

    May 13, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  10. IndepndentAmerican

    Giulliani would be terrible, the man is an extremist! And worse, uses the tragedy of September 11th, as political leverage!

    New York State would be well served by Cuomo or even Bloomberg.

    @ Mississippi Mike, question for you: Please do tell us how New York state has been ruined by the Democrats?

    May 13, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  11. alvino

    Mississippi Mike-

    How could you include Guiliani in list of competent leaders?

    May 13, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  12. xddy4u

    Paterson you blew it when you passed over Caroline Kenny to take Hillary's seat. You KNEW she wanted it. Blackball is hell.

    May 13, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |