NY Prefers Spitzer to Paterson: Poll

Only 19% think Paterson is doing a good job
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2009 1:38 PM CDT
Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer is shown in this 2007 file photo.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Gov. David Paterson is so unpopular in New York that most would prefer to see his hooker-loving predecessor Eliot Spitzer running Albany, the Daily News reports. A Marist College poll showed that 51% would rather see Spitzer as top dog, while only 19% of New Yorkers said Paterson was doing a “good” or “excellent” job.

Some 40% believe Paterson is doing a poor job, and 37% rate his performance as “fair.” Those who disapproved cited his handling of the appointment process for Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat, and treatment of Caroline Kennedy. Voters also criticized Paterson’s handling of the economic crisis and say he’s not effectively reforming Albany politics. In a hypothetical 2010 gubernatorial match-up, Rudy Giuliani would beat Paterson by 22%.