February 17th, 2009
03:55 PM ET
12 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. Matthew, Detroit

    Biggest IDIOT of all time.

    You could have handed CUOMO the senate seat. Killed 2 birds with one stone. He would not be running against you. He would have supported your Governor Bid.

    Dumb Dumb Dumb. He has more to worry about than a Saturday Night Live Skit.

    February 17, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  2. Jacques

    Patterson is looking more and more like the political hack fool he is. Patterson will get his butt kicked in the Democratic primary.

    February 17, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  3. Tony


    February 17, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. Rob in Detroit Mi.

    Patterson will repeat.

    February 17, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  5. Karen - Missouri

    I guess New Yorkers know what they want better than the rest of the country. But Guilliani???? Give me a break! Cuomo I might be able to understand. And it seems odd that just the Senate pick is a logical reason to vote for or against a candidate, although the Senate pick to replace Hillary seems like a rather strange one.

    February 17, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  6. I can see Canada from my house!

    What we should really focus on is how effective he has been as governor. He inherited a mess after Spitzer disgraced himself, compounding the mess George Pataki left us. No one can fix NY without a lot of pain. Patterson has been honest and direct, maybe to a fault. Cuomo is very capable, and I thik he would be great. Anyone is better than thrice-married Rudy, who used taxpayer money to pick up his mistress and could not seem to remember there were no mountains in Monroe county, where the highest elevation is about 800 ft.

    February 17, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  7. Shari, NY

    Gov. Paterson got his position due to Spitzer's indiscretion and eventual resignation when the economy had already started its decline. Once more a man is given the pooper scooper and expected to clean up an inherited mess with a magic wand. Regardless of who takes office after his tenure, it will be a steep and unforgiving road.

    February 17, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  8. John, Brooklyn, New York

    As an active New York Democrat, I agree that Paterson should be brushing up his resume.

    His decision to appoint Gillibrand as the replacement for Hillary Clinton in the Senate was a debacle. Not only was the process handled poorly – but the final decision demonstrated an incredible lack of understanding of New York politics. NOT A SINGLE UPSTATE CANDIDATE HAS WON A SENATE SEAT IN MORE THAN 40 YEARS!!! How does he expect Gillibrand – a pro-gun, anti-choice candidate – to win the hearts and votes of progressives from downstate? Naive is putting it mildly!

    The Republicans are salivating for BOTH the governor's seat AND his newly-appointed senator....and for good reason.

    February 17, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  9. John NY

    I hope Giuliani wins he's the only Repblican that can win in New York

    February 17, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  10. J.C.

    New York is full of talents. I am sure New Yorkers will elect the best they deserve.

    February 17, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  11. daniel cabrera

    Man alive! do all the democrats are so full of garbage and dust ?
    Hey! people of America ,...is this the people you are trusting to guide your steps?

    Oh! my!, oh! my! ....you 'obamanized' people better try to get a life...you should know that the public is geting educated and 'THE MAGICAL ONE' soon will not make a dent in the panorama.

    think of this
    DC,Merrillville, IN

    February 17, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  12. Matthew, Detroit

    Its not his fault. He never expected to be Governor. He just wanted to hang out in the back of the room and chill.

    February 17, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  13. fearful for my country

    All of this bullcrap propaganda being put out is just kennedy money talking. Shame on the news outlets for letting it happen.

    February 17, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  14. JonPeter in Hartford, CT

    Despite his numerous faults, NY state was less of a circus under George Pataki. Perhaps a real moderate, whether democrat or republican is what is needed to bring upstate and downstate together. (Born in NYC and lived much of my life near Albany.)

    February 17, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  15. Ruby

    Try to be smart with your campaign. The public will elect you if you are smart.

    February 17, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  16. John, Brooklyn, New York

    Specific to JonPeter,

    Not a single candidate from upstate has won the governorship in more than 40 years. We don't need an upstater...nor do we need to appease upstate....we simply need a governor who makes good decisions.

    February 17, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  17. Phil from Phoenix

    Go Rudy!!! All I know is there needs to be some balance, not all on the left are bad just like not all on the right. Each side has its strengths and each side has its weaknesses. Both sides need to quit hating on eachother!

    February 17, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  18. 911willie

    RUDY for Governor 2010

    February 17, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  19. Sean Albany NY

    The SNL skits actually make Patterson appear smarter than he is, this guy is a political joke. They should add to Spitzer's charges; Negligence, by which your actions allowed this moron to become Governor.

    I am disgusted by this joke!

    February 17, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  20. Justin from New Haven, CT

    If I were Cuomo I would definitely primary Paterson, Paterson could definitely lose to a Republican.

    February 17, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  21. CHANGE we need

    Mess with the Kennedy's and bad things happen...........

    February 17, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  22. Voter

    Cuomo would have been a fine senator. He would also be a good governor. Paterson should have taken the opportunity to neutralize Cuomo by making him our senator.

    I want whoever is the next governor to pledge to live in Albany instead of Manhattan. That should thin out the list of contenders considerably.

    As for Caroline, she ventured north of 128th Street ONCE – to flit through Syracuse and Rochester, expecting everyone to fall all over her. She would be a dismal governor. All the way to Buffalo was too much for Princess Caroline – she called the Mayor on the phone!

    The NYS legislators are so out of it. They can't bring themselves to cut anything; all they can do is raise a hundred different taxes. And they certainly are not willing to tax the rich – they are the primary source of campaign contributions for both parties.

    The real question is: Why bother to vote?

    February 17, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  23. he is NOT the chosen one after all

    attn: jon peter....how about the elliot spitzer circus ?

    February 17, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  24. J-Syxx

    Daniel Cabrera, not everyone in North West Indiana is a republican robot anymore. A lot of us have turned our backs on them after they ruined this country with their idiotic policies that are more based in ancient ideology than doing what's right for Americans. I live right next to you in Valparaiso, IN and helped Obama get elected. Pretty hilarious the pathetic shell of the Republican party couldn't even carry this previously, very red state.

    February 17, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  25. Andy

    Patterson's pick for the Senate has very little to do with his low poll numbers. What the electorate will not admit to is the influence of his handicap.

    February 17, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
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