A Quinnipiac poll today shows Gov. David Paterson with only a 28 percent approval rating, the lowest level for a New York governor in the poll’s history.
But Paterson this morning talked about a turnaround, saying he will tour the state to tout the successes of the recently approved state budget.
He claims the state has made record cuts to deal with the fiscal crisis and blamed part of his popularity problem on what he estimated was $10 million spent by special-interest groups against his budget cuts.
“If more people listen to do it and here my side of the story, maybe they were will be a return,” he said of his approval rating today on WWRL-AM (1600) in New York City.
Paterson has been knocked for the budget, which critics say increases taxes and fees that will drive people from New York.
The Quinnipiac poll mirrors other statewide polls that show Paterson’s approval at record lows. Today’s poll found that voters disapprove 60 percent to 28 percent of the job Paterson is doing.
Sixty-three percent said the Democratic governor does not deserve to be elected to a full four-year term in 2010, while 53 percent of voters said he should announce now that he won’t run next year. Even Democrats, by a 49 percent to 45 percent margin said Paterson should drop out of the race.
In a potential Democratic primary, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, who has a 75 percent approval rating, would beat Paterson 61 percent to 18 percent.
In a general election, Republican Rudolph Giuliani, the former New York City mayor, would beat Paterson 53 percent to 32 percent, the poll found.
“There’s nothing good for Paterson in this poll,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac
University Polling Institute. “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.”
The New York Daily News this morning, citing unnamed Democratic sources, said some party officials are giving Paterson until November to turn things around or they will urge him not to run in 2010.
“I understand that sentiment, but as I have gone around the state the people I have spoken to have been very encouraging and they’ve said, “Listen, you’ve inherited this.” This problem existed from the day I came in office,” Paterson said.