(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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