March 8th, 2010
09:55 AM ET
5 years ago

Polls results vary on whether Paterson should stay in office

 Do New Yorkers want embattled Gov. David Paterson to resign or finish out the remaining 10 months of his term in office?
Do New Yorkers want embattled Gov. David Paterson to resign or finish out the remaining 10 months of his term in office?

(CNN) - Do New Yorkers want embattled Gov. David Paterson to resign or finish out the remaining 10 months of his term in office? Two new polls offer conflicting results.

According to a Siena College Research Institute survey released Monday morning, 55 percent of New York State registered voters want Paterson to stick it out, with 37 percent calling on him to resign.

But a Quinnipiac University poll released Friday indicated that New Yorkers were split, with 46 percent urging the Democratic governor to finish his term and 42 percent calling for the governor to step down. The 46 percent who said they wanted Paterson to stick it out was down 15 points from a Quinnipiac survey conducted days earlier.

Late last month Paterson, who became governor in 2008 after Eliot Spitzer resigned in disgrace, said he would not seek a full term in office this year following reports that he had intervened in the case of a top aide who was accused of domestic violence against a woman. Paterson has said over the past week that he won't resign.

"I don't have any plans to resign," Paterson said Friday. "At a certain point, I will cooperate with the investigations and will be clearing my name."

Paterson has asked New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, widely considered the leading Democratic contender for the governor's office, to investigate the matter.

"By a 57-38 percent margin, voters believe the Attorney General's investigation will be fair and impartial, as opposed to being unduly influenced by politics," says Siena pollster Steven Greenberg. "A majority of voters from every party and region believe that the Cuomo investigation will be fair. On the other hand, at least two-thirds of voters of every party and region believe an independent, outside prosecutor conducting the investigation would be preferable to the Attorney General.

The Siena College poll was conducted March 7, with 712 New York State registered voters questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted March 3-4, with 1,325 New York State registered voters questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Doug,lib jersey

    Paterson has learned first hand the power of the corrupt Chicago thug machine that now operates out of 1600 Pennsylvania ave.

    The libs who say this is the work of the Republicans are the same ones who have been unable to count to 60. Obama winds them up and off they go to terrorize the word with their libness.

    March 8, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  2. if I was crazy, I'd be a conservative too

    If Sanford of S.C. could stay in office, why shouldn't Paterson complete his term?

    March 8, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  3. archangel4

    Although, people are trying to put this on the republicans. It is well documented, that the democrats want him out. You know its bad, when they start to eat thier own.I guess he had to much backbone, and they needed something, that had a little less spine.

    March 8, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. cleanupnynow

    Even though the polls differ, the reality is that David Paterson is not politically viable anymore. He simply can not govern effectively.

    In fact, David Paterson has never been able to effectively govern, lead or manage.

    “The Democratic Conference: Organizational and Operational Structure Report” is an eyewitness account of Paterson’s lack of ability to manage or lead.

    This report, commissioned and conducted by the Paterson's own Senate democrats, heavily criticized Paterson’s leadership as Senator Minority leader. His office, headed by former Paterson chief of staff and childhood friend Michael Jones-Bey, was criticized for PATRONAGE, LACK of leadership, INDECISIVENESS and INFIGHTING, set against a backdrop of general CHAOS – in other words the office was a ZOO.

    Wow, if your own democratic party thinks you are a joke, you must be a joke.

    Now doesn’t this chaos sound like his current DYSFUNCTIONAL administration?

    Not surprisingly, for running such a DYSFUNCTIONAL AND CHAOTIC office, Mr. Jones-Bey was hand picked by David Paterson to head the Division of Minority & Women Owned Business Development (DMWBD) at New York State’s Empire State Development Corporation.

    Now that’s the Patterson way – being rewarded for your INCOMPETENCE.

    March 8, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  5. archangel4

    Seriously, with all the crooks running around Washington,stealing everything that isn't bolted down. This guy is a saint, compared to these thugs in power.I would have to give him a pass on this one.Here again, Washington's message is, "Do as I say, not as I do.I hope he fights it, till he brings out their dirty laundry.There is a motive folks, it will become clearer, as November approaches.I mean really, Does anyone believe our leaders suddenly grew a conscience? If his wrond doing is the worst we had to deal with, wouldn't that me nice.Once you see who they will be backing in the upcoming election, You will grow to understand, they want someone they can manipulate easier.If he has the people behind him, he can beat it. But he will have the machine trying everything they can to dislodge him from the office. Watch the media frenzy, and prove that I'm wrong.......

    March 8, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |