March 23rd, 2009
11:50 AM ET
12 years ago

Poll: Big slide for Paterson

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Another week, another plunge in the polls for New York Gov. David Paterson."](CNN) - Another week, another plunge in the polls for New York Gov. David Paterson.

Only 19 percent of the voters questioned in a Siena College Research Institute poll released Monday say Paterson's doing an excellent or good job as governor, and more than four times as many - 78 percent - say he's doing a fair or poor job. Paterson's approval rating is down 7 points from Siena's more recent poll conducted last month.

Eliot Spitzer's former lieutenant governor is up for election in his own right in November of next year.

The poll indicates that if a Democratic primary were held today, Paterson would lose in a hypothetical match up against New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo by nearly four to one. Cuomo, who has not yet decided on a run for the top spot, is the son of former three-term New York Gov. Mario Cuomo.

If Paterson survives a primary challenge, the poll suggests he would be easily beaten in a general election in a hypothetical matchup against former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

The new Siena poll's sinking numbers continue a trend seen in a Marist poll earlier this month and a Quinnipiac poll released in February.

Paterson was buffeted by controversy late last year and earlier this year over his decision-making process in picking former Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's successor in the Senate.

"Both in personal popularity and job performance, David Paterson's standing with voters continues to slide," said Steven Greenberg, Siena New York Poll spokesman. "The speed of his falling numbers is staggering. Two months ago, 60 percent of voters viewed Paterson favorably, and now it's less than half of that. More than two-thirds of voters prefer 'someone else' for governor next year."

The Siena College Research Institute poll was conducted March 16-18, with 626 New York State registered voters questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Sorry Mr. Patterson. It looks like Cuomo is going to take your governorship. I guess being governor runs in the family. Although I don't live in NY anymore, I think Cuomo is the guy for the job.

    March 23, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  2. ree from NY

    He better not even run because He lost already.

    We New Yorkers are not going to vote for him. We had no choice when the Democrates backed Spitzer and he had to step down and we got stuck with Paterson.

    I and alot of my friends might just vote Republican next time around. We'll just have to see who runs.

    March 23, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  3. Jeff in Virginia

    Hang in there Paterson!

    March 23, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  4. Microtek

    This is typical for the bad leadership. Unfortunately, he already did lots of damages to the Newyorker who blinkly voted for him, like the American voted for Obama.

    Obama would be suffer like this governor of New york.

    I dare CNN to post my comment.

    March 23, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  5. Jon in Ca

    Poor guy just didn't see it coming. When the Dems turn on you – you KNOW you're finished!

    March 23, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  6. Kevin in Ohio

    Not a surprise.... the liberals are starting to eat their own. Never mind that this guy is at least attempting to be honest....much more than could be said for Spitzer.

    March 23, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  7. Mississippi Mike

    Paterson is one of the few political appointees in the last year who actually made sense. The governor is ousted and the Lt. Governor takes his place, easy enough. The problem is that Paterson isn't up to the job and will soon be replaced. Could this give rise to a Guiliani governorship? Miracles happen.

    March 23, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  8. S Callahan

    It's his own fault.....he , or his right hand persons, had his directors target the disabled in the workforce...forcing them in layoffs or retirements..... He disregards the agreements made with Unions...

    one can't mircro mange and expect things to turn out well.....

    March 23, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  9. Dave NYC

    Cuomo's a good guy, but being a Cuomo should not be the deciding factor, just as being a Bush or a Clinton should not get you automatically into the Whitehouse.

    March 23, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  10. Jazzy

    Maybe Kirsten Gillibrand will campaign for him

    March 23, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  11. Mari

    Poor guy, he could not win.

    March 23, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  12. Brenda, Jackson, TN.

    I am not surprised. He handled the entire Senatorial appointment process badly. I know I certainly would not vote for him if I were a New Yorker. This comment is coming from a Moderate Democrat who votes the best interest of the Country. What that means is if a Republican candidate is the better choice in an election, like thousands of Republicans who voted for Obama, I would vote Republican in a heart beat. Unfortunately for them, other than Meghan McCain, "nobody is home" right now. They are off digging themselves further and further downward in that hole they are in by slamming the President rather than helping him dig us out of the mess they created.

    March 23, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |