July 20th, 2009
12:18 PM ET
5 years ago

Poll: Slight rebound for Paterson

A new poll of New York state voters suggests Gov. David Paterson's favorability rating may have bottomed out.
A new poll of New York state voters suggests Gov. David Paterson's favorability rating may have bottomed out.

(CNN) - When it comes to his popularity, a new poll of New York state voters suggests Empire State Gov. David Paterson may have bottomed out.

Thirty-six percent of people questioned in a Siena College Research Institute survey released Monday have a favorable view of Paterson, up from 27 percent in May, with 56 percent holding an unfavorable view, down from 63 percent in April.

The poll indicates that more than six in 10 give Paterson some credit for helping end a standstill in the New York State Senate and a majority believe he acted properly in naming a lieutenant governor.

Paterson was elected New York's lieutenant governor in 2006, and took over when Eliot Spitzer stepped down last year. He's indicated he will run for a full four year term next year.

The poll indicates Paterson trails in a hypothetical Democratic primary matchup against New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo by 42 points. But that's down from a 53 point deficit last month.

Cuomo, the son of former three-term governor Mario Cuomo, has not indicated if he will run for governor next year. The attorney general has drawn national attention this year for his investigations into Wall Street bonuses handed out by companies who received taxpayer-funded bailouts.

"Governor Paterson has seen a slight increase in his favorability rating and job performance rating for the second straight month, however, his numbers remain very weak, and he continues to badly trail Attorney General Andrew Cuomo in a potential Democratic primary," Siena New York pollster Steven Greenberg said in a statement Monday.

The Siena College Research Institute poll was conducted July 13-16, with 623 New York State registered voters questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.

-CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I just don't see him winning over Cuomo.

    July 20, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  2. Palin Power

    Sarah Palin is a superior governor than Patterson could ever be. In her 2 1/2 years as governor, she has done more than any governor in history and she will become America's greatest president of all times. She will eliminate all deficits and debt during her 2 terms. America and the world will be a much better place with the great and wise leadership of Sarah Palin.

    July 20, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  3. Mississippi Mike

    People are probably thinking, "Hey, he might be a racist, incompetent power-grabber but at least he isn't Obama." That's got to help.

    July 20, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  4. Chris

    The American Dream means having the freedom and the opportunity to make a better life for yourself. People sought out this land of opportunity because it wasn't possible where they came from.

    So if we now say that to live the American Dream means giving most of it back because it was this country that afforded you the freedoms to do so. Are we not admitting that we are now slowly reverting back to the oppressive governments who crushed the human spirit to begin with?

    It's a small price you say, we have drawn a line and know what is right and wrong, too little and too much. If this is true then ask yourself, with each year and day that comes to pass, why does the line move?

    July 20, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  5. Andrea, MO

    Whatever, I'm so sick and tired of watching their former governor (Spitzer), the sleazebag on MSNBC. Why on earth anyone would want to listen to a criminal is beyond me.

    July 20, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  6. Cara

    He's NOT A REPUBLICAN....he's got my vote!

    July 20, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  7. Tom Meyer

    The guy needs to shave. He looks like a bum. He is not growing a beard obviously. A clean cut appearance might enhance his image as an educated individual.

    July 20, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  8. Tom Paine

    don't let the door hit you on the way out.

    July 20, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |