April 6th, 2009
12:53 PM ET
11 years ago

Paterson's approval dips to all time low

 Paterson is in a freefall, according to a new poll.

Paterson is in a freefall, according to a new poll.

(CNN) - New York Gov. David Paterson's approval rating has dipped to an all time low, a steep slide that began with his handling of the state's vacant Senate seat more than three months ago.

According to a new survey from Quinnipiac University, only 28 percent of New York voters approve of the job Paterson is doing, while only 22 percent say he deserves to be reelected to a second term. Just over half of the state's voters also say Paterson should announce immediately he will not seek reelection.

The poll also indicates New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo - who has received plaudits of late for his investigations into Wall Street bonuses - would trounce Patterson in a Democratic primary, 53-32 percent. Cuomo would also easily beat Republican Rudy Giuliani in a general election match up, 53-36 percent, according to the poll.

Paterson, whose approval stood at 53 percent last December, has been beset by a series of criticisms over his handling of Caroline Kennedy earlier this year and more recently the state's massive budget shortfall.

The survey also shows troubling signs for New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who replaced Hillary Clinton when she was tapped for Secretary of State earlier this year. Only 13 percent of New York voters approve of the job Gillibrand is doing while 33 percent disapprove. Over 50 percent remain undecided.

The poll also suggests Gillibrand would have a difficult primary race, should Rep. Carolyn McCarthy decide to run: McCarthy has a narrow 4 point edge over Gillibrand, 33-29 percent.

The poll surveyed 1,528 registered New York voters between April 1-5 and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.

Filed under: David Paterson
soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. Jeff, TX

    I see Elliott Spitzer is back in the news...on CNN even. No coincidence in my mind. It astounds me that people would take him seriously already.

    April 6, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  2. as

    Governor Paterson is the most incompetent governor New York has
    seen in a long time. Unfortunately, we have Eliot Spitzer to thank for the reign of Paterson. 2010 cannot come soon enough

    April 6, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  3. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Paterson and Gillibrand are both in over their heads. New York would have been better off keeping Mr. Spitzer in office!

    April 6, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  4. Shari, NY

    So??? Mr. Paterson was just "filling in" since Spitzer messed up and it could not have come at a worse time.

    April 6, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  5. PJ

    Almost as bad as the Massachusetts Governor who went back on his promise to eliminate patronage by appointing a friend to a $175K per year position which had lay vacant for 12 years.
    Primary difference is Deval Patrick is arrogant in his attitude towards the electorate. "Uncle Uncle" are his favorite words.

    April 6, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  6. Rob

    I agree with John in OH, he didn't ask for the job but Patterson is driving NY into the dirt – if he was a man he'd stand up and say "I'm in way over my head" why don't we have a special election and get someone that understands all of this - yes, of course I know that's impossible. I worked as a civil servant under Rudy – love him or hate him – he got the job done. People have short memories and don't remember what NYC was like in the administrations before him. Cuomo? Like father like son – bad move.

    April 6, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  7. Kevin in Atlanta

    Time to go, David. Don't run in 2010. Hand the reigns over to Andrew Cuomo.

    April 6, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  8. Simon J.

    I am just wondering how shameless a person has to be to stay in the office while having such low approval rate?

    April 6, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  9. Hans Brecker, Albany NY

    To think that Elliot Spitzer was a victim of character assassination means that you are completely out of touch with what he did. Elliot Spitzer is nothing more than an holier-than-thou, do as I say not as I do , big people are more important than the truth, hypocrit.

    We need him back like we need a hole in the head.......or another hole in the head.

    April 6, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  10. Moe NY

    Personally, I do not like any of the canidates so far, hoping a new face turns up! I believe nothing will be achieved for Upstate NY until that cesspool in Albany is cleaned up, as far as I am concerned..there lies our problem.

    April 6, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  11. Lynn

    I hate to see that. I have to give him credit and a big thank you for not choosing Caroline (you know) Kennedy for Senator. I admire him – he has not let his disability stop him from achieving great things. If he does not run again I would like to see Andrew Cuomo run for office. Cuomo was on the ball with the bailout money going for bonuses. Please please not Rudy!!!!!! I don't live in NY so I really don't have a say.

    April 6, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  12. Citizen from NY

    Return the $32,000 rug and the $200 toaster, Gov. Patterson!!!!

    April 6, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  13. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    "Cuomo would also easily beat Republican Rudy Giuliani in a general election match up..."

    My neighbor's dog would beat Giuliani–and should.

    April 6, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  14. Sam Sixpack

    Seems pretty obvious: New Yorkers hate blind people.

    April 6, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  15. Betty in upstate NY

    Paterson indeed has to go along with the other two men in the room. Very few cuts in government spending were made. Instead they increased spending. All with the pretense that they are looking out for the tax payers. Blah! I think we should reformat and reinstall the government. They are all a bunch of tax and spend fools. Both republicans and Democrats. The republicans just hide it better.

    April 6, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  16. Franky

    Who cares, New York is a dump, heck, the only reason Gov Patterson is there is because of the pervert last time. And it's been how long? Maybe no more than 5 months or less? Even I'm surprised Gillibrand is doing work...well, that's what the people say but last time I checked, she hasn't done nothing! LOL!! She hasn't even given a shot for crying out loud and by the way, Cuomo is a Republican, you don't think they got the memo already? Cuomo is acting lie the Yankee and hopefully everything is gonna get better because the stars are align and everybody is gonna be happy just for some stupid bonuses that have been going on for quite an awful long time...Geez, no wonder they have Mets and Yankee fans, LOL!! They always try to punk each other instead of actually doing something, our peeps are Boston are right...you are a joke New York!

    Do what our peeps of Boston said to us because both of our games are canceled..."You guys wanna get drunk already?" LOL!! That's what they text us this morning when our games were postponed, then we wrote back, "Yeah, why not." LOL!!

    This is funny, you New York people don't know what you want...and quite ironically, one of my boy's biggest fundraisers are in New York, well when he has one. Is one of the top three biggest fundraisers he gets from...just watch out, watch out that Cuomo doesn't take em away! LOL!!

    April 6, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  17. Fitz in Texas

    This goes on with both parties. This government is a sad sad thing.

    This is NOT what The Framers had in mind. Not career politician's.

    This country needs TERM LIMITS! We need people in government that are there for WE THE PEOPLE and not it in for themselves.

    April 6, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  18. Ross, Chautauqua, NY

    As a NY resident and registered Democrat and voter, both Paterson and Gillibrand need to go!! They're both incompetent and ineffective, no matter what the Democratic National Committee thinks!

    April 6, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  19. Arlene, Illinois

    Are we sure we are not talking about Illinois politics?

    Sounds like its Illinois all over again.

    Governor, Bad
    Senate seat, Bad Choice
    Budget shortfall. Bad

    April 6, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  20. Les Freundlich

    Andrew Cuomo, Yuch. He does the same thing Spitzer did. Abuse and take advantage of his power as attorney general, much to the joy of the masses. But he was an ego, not a governor.

    Let's hear from Cuomo how he would balance the budget and help the MTA.

    April 6, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  21. 09watcher

    Another glaring example of "educated idiots" running around our government, especially in Washington.

    April 6, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  22. Sheila

    The poll surveyed 1,528 registered New York voters between April 1-5 and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.

    How can this have ANY merit with such a small sample???

    April 6, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  23. Marc in Canada

    Democrats are spending like drunken sailors; everywhere you look there's an earmark. Democrats are going to jail for fraud and failling as governors too. You guys need a third party really, really badly.

    April 6, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  24. BJs

    Yeah, really? This guy wants to TAX TAX TAX us right up the wazzooo... I'm sorry, but I'll take Spitzer back before this one gets re-elected!

    April 6, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  25. George

    It's a shame, that when he started, everyone was thinking how much better a job he'd do than Spitzer, who destroyed the public's trust. But Spitzer did it in one short sharp stroke, and Patterson has been declining steadily over the last year. I'll go for Cuomo over Patterson, and it'll be a cold day in hell before I vote for Giuliani.

    April 6, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
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