June 22nd, 2009
02:46 PM ET
5 years ago

Poll: Paterson's numbers bottom out?

A Siena College Research Institute poll released Monday indicates that 70 percent of New York state voters would not choose Gov. David Paterson for reelection.
A Siena College Research Institute poll released Monday indicates that 70 percent of New York state voters would not choose Gov. David Paterson for reelection.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A new survey suggests that New York Gov. David Paterson's poll numbers may have bottomed out.

But the Siena College Research Institute poll released Monday also indicates that seven out of 10 New York state voters would vote for someone other than Paterson in next year's gubernatorial contest.

Thirty-one percent of people questioned in the poll have a favorable view of Paterson, up four points from last month, with 57 percent viewing him unfavorably, down three points from May. Paterson has a 20 percent approval rating in the survey, up two points from last month.

Paterson took a hard line last week against the gridlocked state senate, threatening to order senators into an open-ended special session so they can vote on essential bills. Two-thirds of those questioned in the poll think the fight for leadership of the state senate is bad for New Yorkers and more than half polled say the situation is an embarrassment.

Looking ahead to next year, the poll reinforces recent surveys that indicate Paterson's in deep electoral trouble. The poll suggests Paterson would lose by 53 points to New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo if a hypothetical primary match up were held today. Cuomo, who's the son of former three term governor Mario Cuomo, has not indicated if he will run for governor next year.

The poll also indicates Paterson would lose by 30 points to Republican former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani in a hypothetical general election contest. The survey suggests Cuomo would beat Giuliani by nine points.

"Even if Cuomo or Giuliani don't run, Paterson's prospects don't look good," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Seven in ten New Yorkers say that they would vote for someone else for governor if the election were held today. Only 15 percent say that they would choose Paterson right now."

The Siena College Research Institute poll was conducted June 15-18, with 626 New York State registered voters questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.


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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. D. Tree

    If he continues to take a hard line with the Senate, and exerts some executive authority – I'll bet his poll numbers continue to go up. People think he's too soft, New Yorkers want a fighter in there. So show 'em what you got Gov, because its your last shot!

    June 22, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  2. Doug, New Jersey

    LOL, New Yorkers say something is an embarassment.

    The ignorance, arrogance, and selfishness is simply amazing. The whole nation can tell within minutes who the New Yorkers are at a resteraunt, store, beach, bar, and especially on the roads. No one in this nation is as liberal as the New Yorker, they spew liberalism 24/7 365.

    June 22, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  3. Fair is Fair

    "Paterson has a 20 percent approval rating in the survey, up two points from last month."
    ____________________-

    Great news, Dave!!!

    June 22, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. Mike FROM CALGARY

    He wasn't elected Governorin the first place.

    June 22, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  5. No you didn't

    He never saw it coming...

    June 22, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  6. Longhorn#1

    Wise up New Yorkers Patterson is not your man.

    June 22, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  7. Ennis, LA

    Cuomo will run on an anti-Patterson platform. If he doesn't, he'll
    be handing that prize over to a Republican.

    June 22, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  8. surprise?

    People questioned in a poll wouldn't be satisfied if JESUS himself was the the governor of New York or the president of the USA; by the way he already is; he said the government would be upon his shoulders......... People are going to continue to be disappointed if they continue to trust in any man!

    June 22, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  9. I can see Canada from my house!

    Whoever ends up in the Governor's mansion in January 2011 will have massive problems. We have had a state government that has been incompetent for years, and seems to be incapable of keeping young people in the state. None of these people encourages me in the least, especially since NYC and Long Island decide how the state is run, and don't give a rat's a$$ about Upstate. We've been ignored for years, and I see no evidence the trend will be reversed under Cuomo, Giuliani or Paterson.

    June 22, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  10. yuri

    He has made a few not-so-good decisions, recently, and we reckon he is payin' the price for them. Nonetheless, God bless him, and let a worthy candidate take the cake in the NY gubernatorial goulash.

    June 22, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  11. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    This situation has gone beyond dysfunctional, the citizens of NY are faced with large budget gap, yet our state leadership passes an increased budget? Than we have a Senate that has done no work for three weeks now. In my 52 years of living in upstate NY this is the worst the citizens of NY have ever been treated by their elected representatives.
    Today's editor page was full of citizens demanding every assemble person and NYS Senators and the Governor to resign now!
    The Democrats and the Republicans can no longer be trusted to represent the citizens of NYS in public service office.

    June 22, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  12. I can see Canada from my house!

    @ Doug, New Jersey:

    Get away from NYC, and you'll discover the rest of the state. As far as arrogance is concerned, I've met enough nouveau riche trash from New Jersey that felt a ton of money and no taste would make up for their sense of inferiority. New York is still the Empire State, and we are the standard: get used to it.

    June 22, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  13. Alfred E. Neumann

    David Paterson – great job on SNL!

    Remember, before you leave we will be counting the silverware!

    June 22, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  14. Obama Victim

    just one of many Dems to get bounced in 2010

    June 22, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  15. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    He may have been busted in a scandal, but bring Spitzer back.

    June 22, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  16. Simmy

    He should have shown some fortitude and stuck with Ms. Kennedy....

    June 22, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  17. David

    He needs to continue hammering the senate. Being handicaped in a way has him seen as less agressive based on stereotypes. So he will need to be more forceful, so people can get behind him.

    June 22, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  18. Mississippi Mike

    Add to his popularity the fact that he is trying to use the state police to force the legislature to solve it's problems. This guy is an unmitigated disaster!

    June 22, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |