New York Gov. David Paterson, center, Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith, D-Queens, left, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, right, listen to a reporter’s question during a news conference at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y., Friday, March 27, 2009. Paterson and legislative leaders have agreed to ease drug laws that were once among the harshest in the nation and led a movement more than 30 years ago toward mandatory prison terms
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 (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) 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.
But, will Andrew Cuomo be persuaded to run?
Anyone want to be with these continuing poor poll numbers that President Obama appoints Paterson to some meaningless administration job thus clearing the path for Cuomo?
Or some other more popular Democrat?
And, will that in turn force Rudy from the race?
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