February 17th, 2009
03:55 PM ET
14 years ago

Paterson could be in trouble, says poll

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/17/art.paterson.gi.jpg caption="A majority of voters don't approve of how Paterson handled the appointment of Hillary Clinton's successor."](CNN) - New York Gov. David Paterson could face a bruising primary challenge should current New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo decide to run.

A new Quinnipiac poll out Tuesday shows the New York governor losing to Cuomo by a 2-1 margin in a primary battle, 55 percent to 23 percent.

The same poll found 45 percent of New Yorkers approve of how Paterson is handling his job as governor, while 41 percent do not.

Should Paterson make it to the general election, the survey also shows him tied with Republican Rudy Giuliani at 43 percent each.

Paterson's low numbers follow controversy over his decision-making process in picking Kirsten Gillibrand as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's successor in the Senate. Just 35 percent approve of how the process played out while 52 percent disapprove, according to the poll.

The poll surveyed 1,065 New York State registered voters and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.  It was conducted between Febuary 10-15.

Filed under: David Paterson
soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. Andy

    Unfortunately it is his handicap that is at root of his low poll numbers. Some body is not asking the right questions in these polls.

    February 17, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  2. Cathy

    he should have kept the kennedy dynasty alive that was a blind decision. so so dumb..............wot else for the man?

    February 17, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  3. Jeff from Jersey

    If Patterson is in a statistical deadheat with Giuliani,New Yorkers should be relieved to know that Cuomo will win in a walk!

    February 17, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  4. California Gold

    Frankly from what I've seen of Governor Paterson's sparkling intellect and leadership performance, he is too dim to notice he is in "trouble" with his voters.

    February 17, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  5. Di

    Paterson's low numbers follow controversy over his decision in picking Kirsten Gillibrand. NY and SNL wanted a NRA hater.

    February 17, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  6. Simmy

    All of my relatives and their friendsm in NY will not be voting for him. He's too much of a 'kisser-upper.' Not able to MAN-UP under pressure.

    February 17, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  7. Ann

    I am a Democrat and this guy is an idiot.

    February 17, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  8. Ernie in LA

    This guy will never be elected. He could always get a job making corn brooms.

    February 17, 2009 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
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