November 16th, 2009
02:24 PM ET
5 years ago

Poll: Paterson's TV ads haven't helped

(CNN) – A new poll suggests that a new television ad push by New York Gov. David Paterson's campaign may not be making an impact so far on voters.

A Siena College Research Institute survey released Monday indicates that only 21 percent of New Yorkers have a positive opinion of the job Paterson's doing as governor, with 79 percent holding a negative opinion - a result virtually unchanged from last month.

According to the poll, Paterson trails Attorney General Andrew Cuomo by nearly 60 points in a hypothetical 2010 Democratic primary matchup. That's a wider lead than Cuomo held in last month's survey. The son of former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo has yet to announce if he'll run for governor.

The poll also indicates that Paterson trails former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani by more than 20 points in a hypothetical general election face off. He also trails former Rep. Rick Lazio in a 2010 general election matchup for the first time, although the Republican's 3-point advantage is within the survey's 3.5 percent sampling error.


The only positive note for Paterson in the poll: His favorable rating now stands at 33 percent, up 6 points from last month.

Paterson went up on the airwaves 10 days ago with a major ad campaign designed to reintroduce himself to voters: The two commercials highlight his unique biography and address his critics head on. Tracy Sefl, a spokeswoman for Paterson, said the commercials will run for several weeks and constitute a "multi-million dollar" ad buy.

"While the governor's favorability rating saw slight improvement, no other measure of his electability increased noticeably," says Siena pollster Steven Greenberg. "While it's true that the governor's new commercials had only been airing for less than a week while Siena was polling, it seems clear that he's going to have to spend a lot of campaign funds very early to even have a chance of improving the measurements by which voters judge David Paterson."

Paterson was lieutenant governor when a scandal led to then-Gov. Eliot Spitzer's departure from the office in March 2008.

The Siena College Research Institute poll was conducted November 8-12, with 800 registered voters in New York State questioned by telephone.

–CNN's Alex Mooney contributed to this report

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Filed under: CNN poll • David Paterson
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Laverne

    OMG, I don't know why Patterson is wasting his time and money on this race. It will take a miracle for him to win, like everyone else dropping out and that aint going to happen. President Obama tried to spare Patterson the embarrassment, but Patterson was not having any of that and will get destroyed!

    November 16, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  2. Pee Wee

    Mr. Steinhauser,

    You are really lucky I'm not your boss. I'm surprised you got this story posted today without a Palin reference. You don't even have poll results for a hypothetical matchup between Paterson and Palin.

    Consider yourself lucky to have slid this one past the big-cheese.

    I heard Sarah Palin had breakfast this morning, but 6 out of 7 CNN readers either think she was lying about it or doesn't deserve to eat.

    November 16, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  3. Pee Wee

    A creative journalist could've used the Rick Lazio reference in this article to get Palin involved. You could've said:

    "He also trails former Rep. Rick Lazio in a 2010 ..... .. who ran against Hillary, who said she'd have coffee with ....Sarah Palin!

    Another missed opportunity.

    November 16, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  4. chubby

    This is like some idiot saying the battle between Governor Christ and Rubio would be a blood bath for the Republicans. What alot of hope and poop by this fool. Governor Christ was voted the worst Governor in the 50 states(not 57 states)as claimed by nobama. Keep reporting the left wing drivel and the GOP will roll over the demorats in 2010 and 2012. Conservatives will be supported by the independents after three more years of tax and spend demorats.

    November 16, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  5. Dr. Dave

    America coming to its senses?

    November 16, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  6. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    The entire NYS Government is a joke. The state Senate took five weeks off this past summer, but now they are back in special session to develope even newer taxes and fees here in the land of taxes. This state has more agency directors and vice directors all make 100k plus. Every state worker has three dozen managers, directors, etc...The waste is everywhere yet this Governor and the state representitives are all beholding to the the unions and special interest groups, so nothing is cut.
    Business and population are fleeing in droves from the state.

    November 16, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  7. Jamie

    Paterson, please don't become a Corzine or lose to a McDonnell. Think about the party before yourself and make an alternative plan for the future.

    November 16, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  8. T'SAH from Virginia

    Our family practically grew up with the Cuomos!!! I was born and raised in Queens and the Cuomos lived very near to us (NOT that near because we were in the ghetto). However, I remember my dad kind of campaigning for Mario. I've always liked Maro but I don't know too much about his son!!!

    But according to his poll numbers – Paterson watch out!!! (NY PLEASSSSSSE do not let Rudy Giuliani get in there!!!

    November 16, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  9. Franky, Land of Lincoln

    Well, if he wants to run for President, then he's gonna have to do better than that.

    If I had to bet, no matter if its 2-5 months from now, Cuomo would take it. He's doing a heck of a job over there and he's calm, relaxed, patient, etc. He's just doing his job, he's not in the public waves and people trust him, beware Gov Paterson.

    But I do, I think Cuomo is very impressive, he is. He's been doing his job and New Yorkers could not have asked for more. But I bet the GOP would ask him to run or consider it, I would if I were them.

    November 16, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  10. J

    Paterson SUCKS!!!!
    As a New York resident I would like to say that Paterson should just fade into history as the guy who fell into the position of Governor on a goof.
    Spitzer should have never resigned.

    November 16, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  11. SLM

    Time to send the big guns out........Obama, Biden and Bill Clinton. You mean people are wising up and voting out the Democrats?

    November 16, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  12. phoenix86

    Even YAHOO, which is does not claim to be a news organization, is reporting on Obama's bowing to the Japanese Emperor.

    My question to CNN was if CNN was properly vetted before joining the Obama adminstration.

    November 16, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  13. Chanel

    Paterson should have accepted the White House's request to go quietly. Then, maybe he could have at least gotten a decent job working for the administration. Now, he's gonna lose, and he's gonna be all alone.

    November 16, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  14. W l Jones

    He have to see it to believe it!

    November 16, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  15. LacrosseDad

    if that doesn't work, he can always go back to the same old race card trick...works everytime.

    November 16, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  16. nadine

    Sarah Palin is bad for America. She spews bigotism, racism, divisive remarks and does not represent true christians. Christians don't talk like this.

    November 16, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  17. Eli

    Gov. Patterson will gain the people who have enough will power to listen to him during run up to debates.If they were listening to him now that would be interesting since he is being portrayed as an incompetant person especially during SNL Skits which hurt his image.Patterson will prove his knowledge and capabilities during debates.The LT.Gov is qualified to be Gov.Patterson is smart enough to convince those with a brain.Hopefully thats enough to get him elected.Gov Patterson has the smarts and integrity to get new york back on track.

    November 16, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  18. Dave

    Palin, Palin, Palin.. now another WH non-darling is bashed.
    Enough, and the president tweetering in tweeter without "using" it is not a reason to Palinize him? The press is in a depressing state supporting government like in the soviet union....

    November 16, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  19. MARK

    As with most democrats, he is in huge trouble. Obama and Pelosi have ruined the democratic party.

    November 16, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  20. Tommygunn

    I like Governor Patterson......too bad the people of New York have such a negative view of him......it must be a money thing.......

    November 16, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  21. islanderata

    Patterson is going to make Obama and CNN look very foolish. The alliance between the Marxist god and his propaganda arm is going to have their asses whipped by Patterson.

    November 16, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  22. PREDICTA

    Keep increasing the state budget while revenues decline. This will make Patterson a dead duck but next year's primary.

    November 16, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |