March 3rd, 2009
03:10 PM ET
11 years ago

Record low for Paterson’s sinking poll numbers

Just 26 percent of the state’s registered voters questioned in a Marist poll released Tuesday say they approve of Gov. David Paterson’s job performance.

Just 26 percent of the state’s registered voters questioned in a Marist poll released Tuesday say they approve of Gov. David Paterson’s job performance.

(CNN) - More bad news for New York Gov. David Paterson: in a new poll, the governor's approval rating plummeted 20 points in a month.

Just 26 percent of the state’s registered voters questioned in a Marist poll released Tuesday say they approve of Paterson’s job performance - the lowest approval rating a New York state governor has received in the poll’s 30-year history, and a sharp decline from the governor’s January showing.

Fifty-three percent of those polled said they would vote for former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani if the 2010 vote for governor were held today, while 38 percent said they would back Paterson.

Paterson is losing ground against the former Republican presidential candidate – the two were in a statistical standoff in January's poll, and in November's poll the governor maintained a 51 percent to 41 percent lead.

The sitting governor does fare better than former congressman Rick Lazio. Forty-seven percent would support Paterson in a run against Lazio, while 35 percent would back the congressman. Eighteen percent are undecided.

The state’s financial woes appear to be the reason for Paterson’s sinking approval ratings: Nearly six in 10 of those surveyed say they are dissatisfied with how Paterson is managing New York's budget. Only 30 percent approve of how the governor is handling the state’s financial affairs.

And how do the voters feel about the direction New York is heading? Not great. Sixty-five percent are not happy with the trajectory of the Empire State, with just 27 percent reporting that the state is moving along the right path.

But there may be a silver lining for Paterson: 77 percent of those surveyed think the governor is working hard, and 62 percent believe he understands the problems of voters. Fourty-four percent think Paterson's a good leader.

The Marist poll was conducted February 25-26, with 1,045 New York state registered voters questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Filed under: David Paterson • New York • Polls • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. Dave from Ohio

    Democratic Governors will always lead you down this path

    March 3, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  2. arithmetic is liberal


    A rich man's chances of entering heaven are what again?

    I recall Jesus saying something about it, but since he was a conservative and a big supporter of capital gains and hedge funds, well...

    You might want to check out the Church of Satan's official position on helping the poor. It's much more in line with the second part of your post.

    March 3, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  3. Good Luck to Them do you expect?

    March 3, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  4. bob in LA

    Don't New yorkers remember that Rudy was a joke in their state pre- 9/11? there was a reason he did not challenge Clinton of rthe Senate and why he was a nothing politically until 9/11.
    Had he done his job properly as mayor, he might have not lost as many NYC workers on 9/11 .
    Whose decision was it to tell people the bulidings were safe and that evacuation was not necessary? Who had the Emergency response dept in the same building thta was a known target of threats and terrorists? Your man Rudy.

    March 3, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  5. Texas Conservative Dems for Perry 2010

    Big Papa, Paterson knows that his days in the NY State Executive Mansion are FINISHED, I predict that he will NOT run for a full term as governor as the NY State Dems pressure him to retire and let Cuomo have the governorship in 2010.

    Maybe President Obama can give Paterson some position in the administration.

    March 3, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  6. sb

    The one thing that could help Gov. Patterson is if he stops Bloomberg and the MTA from increasing the fares....

    March 3, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  7. Franky

    Hmmmm, I least he can't see it, LOL!! Ouch, I even felt that...

    Put me down for a 100 on a member of the Green Party or the Hulk Party...I put down a 100 on one over here, LOL!!! Trust me, I'm gonna lose, LOL!!

    March 3, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  8. Anne

    Patterson's not been good for NY. The Kennedy thing , handled badly, but not a career killer. Appointing Guilibrand, the Republican in Dem clothing, and new and oh so absurd taxes on an already taxed to death state...that does it for me.

    Patterson and Guiliani...there isn't even a "lesser of two evils there. NY is going to come up with something better, America...relax.

    March 3, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
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