A Siena College poll today found that Gov. Spitzer’s job approval rating has dropped to a historic low of 33 percent positive compared to 64 percent negative, and his favorability rating is at 41-46 percent.
Last month it was 54-36 percent.
The poll shows a tremendous dip for a Democratic governor who was elected last November with 69 percent of the vote. When he was elected, his favorability rating was at 75 percent.
“All that’s changed in a New York minute,” said Siena spokesman Steve Greenberg. “Eliot Spitzer’s standing with voters has fallen faster and further than any politician in recent New York history.”
The poll found that Spitzer’s lack of support is tied largely to his unpopular plan to offer drivers’ licenses to illegal immigrants.
Seven in ten New York voters oppose his original plan, and nearly two-thirds oppose his revised three-tiered license plan, the poll found.
If the 2010 gubernatorial election were today, only 25 percent of voters are prepared to re-elect Spitzer, while 49 percent prefer “someone else.”
“He changed the plan, but he hasn’t changed the minds of the voters. New plan, old plan, it just doesn’t matter Ã¢â‚¬â€œ New Yorkers continue to overwhelmingly oppose the governor on his plan to give driver’s licenses to undocumented aliens,” Greenberg said.