5/10: Pataki Not Seen As Presidential Candidate But Is One of NY’s Best Governors

May 10, 2010 by  
Filed under Featured, NY State, NY State Poll Archive, Politics

Most registered voters in New York State do not want former Governor George Pataki to make a presidential bid in 2012.  71% have this opinion while 23% would like to see Pataki battle it out for the presidency.  6% are unsure.

George Pataki

George Pataki (photo courtesy of U.S. State Department)

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Most Democratic voters — 80% — do not want Pataki to run.  Even 60% of Republicans and nearly seven in ten non-enrolled voters — 69% — also believe a 2012 Pataki presidential run is not a good idea.

But, voters do bestow a distinct honor upon Pataki.  He is viewed by 33% of the New York electorate as the governor who has been the best for the state in recent decades.  Pataki narrowly edges out Mario Cuomo who received high praise from 31% of registered voters.  Nelson Rockefeller comes in a distant third with 12%.  Eliot Spitzer garners kudos from 9% of the electorate and beats out Hugh Carey’s 4% and David Paterson’s 3%.  No one chose Malcolm Wilson.  8% of voters are unsure.

Partisan politics are alive and well on this question.  Among Republicans, Pataki takes the top spot with 49%.  Among Democrats, however, Cuomo is number one with 40%.  Non-enrolled voters divide between Pataki and Cuomo who each receive 34%.

Table: 2012 Pataki Presidential Candidacy
Table: Best Governor for NYS

Marist Poll Methodology

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