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

Paterson could be in trouble, says poll

A majority of voters don't approve of how Paterson handled the appointment of Hillary Clinton's successor.

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. Scott the Independent

    What do you mean could be in trouble – I'm a native New Yorker and as a legislator he was okay – as governor – not again.

    February 17, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |

    Plus add the fact that he's trying to tax everything us New Yorkers do and you can see why he's facing a challenge. Remember, New Yorkers DID NOT vote him into that spot. He took over after Hooker Gate.

    February 17, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  3. C.S.A republicans

    He can always start a singing career.

    February 17, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  4. C.S.A republicans

    Mr. Patterson can always start a singing career.

    February 17, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  5. Farrell, Houston, TX

    7 comments on detroit looking for handouts and 145 and climbing on Mitt. I think the bias is showing through quite nicely. Paterson is another adulterer that will be replaced. NY is getting to look like Chicago....

    February 17, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  6. A New Era

    I would have befriended Cuomo and picked him as the new Senator from New York. This would have gotten him into the Senate and a good ally. I really thought Paterson was leaning that way. It would have been almost a reelection for the Governor. Cuomo has a lot of weight if he should run for Governor.

    February 17, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  7. AK

    Throw the clown out of office. We need someone that can hold off that criminal, Giuliani

    February 17, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  8. Moe, NY

    I live in NYS and I want a Governor who is going to do something for the people in this state. NYS is taxed to death, actually beyond death. Paterson does not seem to be doing anthing for the poeple, NYS has already had one Cuomo with no relief for the people, and as far as Giuliani goes...please...we already had a taste of Giuliani and, in my opinion, it was enough to last a lifetime. NYS needs a strong Governor, one who will operate this state with the people in mind.

    February 17, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  9. Samantha, IN

    Yes, he will be in trouble. Not because he didn't pick Caroline Kennedy, but he made a very dignified process a circus. Write your obit David, you're toast.

    February 17, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  10. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool

    Our Governor has tried to get our State to face up to the budget short fall, but the only solutions coming from Albany are increased taxes. All of the special interest groups are out there advertising in efforts to save themselves from the budget axe.
    I for one believe that we need to have a third party leadership, one that is not so in debt to the special interest groups, corporate contributors, and lobbyists. A party that will work for the people, not some corporate business, union, or some other special interest.
    like most states we have spent our good years adding no value added state bureaucrats to the very top of every layer of management possible, and when it comes time to cut, it is the people who actually have an impact in helping people that get cut, never some higher up high paid deputy commissioner, commissioner or director. Too many high level management, and not enough workers to execute public service.

    February 17, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  11. Doug, New Jersey

    The Democrats could kill a New Yorkers children, cut off one of their arms, kick them out of their home, and steal their car, yet the New Yorker will still vote lib. How euu doin!!! Ha ha, yeah and the middle of the nation is stupid, just check out the NorthEast libs to see the real truth.

    February 17, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  12. yuri

    Cuomo's aggressive posture viz-a-viz the avaricious corporate bigwigs earned him a lot of recognition. Patterson does seem to face a formidable foe. It will be captivating how this is going to pan out.

    February 17, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  13. Quiney Blevins

    Seems to me New Yorkers would be more angry about all the new taxes added recently by Gov Patterson.

    February 17, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  14. Peter

    I think Paterson is good, except with the Senate seat...

    February 17, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  15. boered1

    well you back a fool like the liar hillary and you pay the price

    February 17, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  16. ran

    Serves him right for the way he handled the Clinton replacement. I hope CK runs against him and wins. I just can not see Rudy winning because the people of NY are not that stupid.

    February 17, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  17. DNC must be changed.

    If the seat, NY Gov. will go to Paterson vs Andrew Cuomo, I'll be with
    Cuomo. As a NY Gov., Paterson is lack of efforts and experiences to change Wall St.'s so many problems which has impacted national

    February 17, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  18. Patriot Guy

    Maybe he can get Caroline Kennedy to campaign for him. 😉

    February 17, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  19. Dutch/Hampton Roads, VA

    Of course they'll pick Cuomo. He's the son of the former governor. I think me and my fellow NY'ers are through with Giuliani. Shouldn't David Dinkins run for governor? lol.

    February 17, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  20. DNC must be changed.

    If the seat NY GOV. will go Paterson vs Rudy Giuliani, I will be with
    Rudy Giuliani who has experienced in field Excutive as well as
    Judicially for 20 years. The Gov. Paterson is lack of efforts and experiences to change so many Wall St.'s problems which has impacted national economics.

    February 17, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  21. Chipster

    There was nothing wrong with Paterson's "decision-making process." The media created a circus over nothing and Paterson suffers the consequences. Honestly, people in this country have become nothing but sheep – waiting for the media to tell them what to become hysterical about.

    Baaaah! It's going to get to the point where absolutely no one will be willing to step up to serve the public interest. No matter what they do, they get knocked down.

    February 17, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  22. Citizen from NY

    Return the $52K rug you put in the mansion, Gov. Paterson!

    February 17, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  23. Ennis, LA

    He blew the replacement for Clinton by not consulting with party leaders. Now he faces losing to Cuomo. NY politics is rough.

    February 17, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  24. he is NOT the chosen one after all

    New York deserves EVERY liberal politician they elected...Quit beefing and pay your taxes, after all they feel your needs.

    February 17, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  25. peter


    February 17, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
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