New York State voters disapprove 60 – 28 percent of the job Gov. David Paterson is doing, the lowest approval ever for a New York Governor, and say 63 – 22 percent that he does not deserve to be elected to a full four-year term, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
Gov. Paterson’s approval is so low that he should announce now that he won’t run for election to a four-year term next year, 53 percent of voters tell the independent Quinnipiac University poll, while 39 percent say he can restore his reputation and should run next year. Even Democrats say 49 – 45 percent that he should drop out of the race now.
New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, with a near-record high 75 – 14 percent approval rating, tops Paterson in a Democratic primary 61 – 18 percent.
In a general election, Republican Rudolph Giuliani, the former New York City mayor, tops Paterson 53 – 32 percent.
Cuomo tops Giuliani 53 – 36 percent in a head-to-head matchup.
I get the feeling Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, enjoys giving colorful quotes for dramatic results like this: “Don’t wait for 2010, Governor, New Yorkers say. Announce now that you won’t run. Voters say almost 3-1 Paterson doesn’t deserve a full 4-year term . . . There’s nothing good for Paterson in this poll. Cuomo, who has minded his manners during Paterson’s collapse, saying nothing about the Governor, trounces Paterson in a theoretical match-up. Giuliani whomps Paterson, too.”