An overwhelming number of New Yorkers think Gov. Paterson is doing such a bad job that he shouldn’t run for election next year, a new poll shows.
Some 53% of New Yorkers believe things are so bad for the Democratic governor that he should make the announcement now that he’s not running, the Quinnipiac University poll reported Monday.
Just 39% say Paterson has time to turn things around and should run next year.
The poll came out the same day the Daily News reported that top Democrats say Paterson has until November to dramatically turn things around or they will ask him not to run for the good of the party.
“There’s nothing good for Paterson in this poll,” said Quinnipiac University pollster Maurice Carroll.
A whopping 63% say they don’t believe Paterson – who became governor in March 2008 when Eliot Spitzer resigned in disgrace – deserves to be elected to a full four-year term. Just 22% say he deserves a full term.
Paterson’s job approval rating is dismal, with 60%, including 51% of Democrats disapproving. Just 28% of voters, including 34% of Democrats, approve of the job Paterson is doing, the poll found.
Paterson’s overall job approval was 45% in a February Quinnipiac poll; 50% in January.