9/16: Paterson’s Approval Rating at 20%

September 16, 2009 by  
Filed under Featured, NY State, NY State Poll Archive, Politics

Governor David Paterson can’t catch a break from registered voters in New York State.  Only one-fifth thinks he is performing well in office while 34% say he is doing a poor job.  Paterson has had no luck climbing out of the political basement.  In Marist’s June survey, the governor garnered a 21% approval rating.  One month prior, he chalked up 19%.

Courtesy of New York State

Courtesy of New York State

The news for Governor Paterson gets even worse.  When looking at party, he is even scraping bottom with his fellow Democrats.  Just 24% of Democrats say he is doing well as governor.  12% of Republicans and 22% of non-enrolled voters agree.

Table: Paterson Approval Rating

Money Matters to NYS Voters…Two-Thirds Disapprove of Handling of Economic Crisis

If Governor Paterson has a redeeming quality with New York State voters, his fiscal prowess is not it. 66% say they disapprove of how Paterson is handling the economic crisis while just three in ten approve of his management.  In June, 61% disapproved of his tactics while 31% approved.

The governor doesn’t fare much better on the budget.  Currently, 68% disapprove of how he is handling the state’s budget, and 27% approve.  Paterson has lost support on this issue.  When Marist asked this question in March, 59% disapproved of his budgetary skills while 30% reported they approved.

Table: Paterson Handling Economic Crisis
Table: Paterson Handling Budget

“New Direction Needed,” Say New York Voters

The New York State electorate is not optimistic about the direction of the Empire State.  74% think the state is moving in the wrong direction while just 22% believe it is headed along the right path.  Little has changed since Marist’s June survey when nearly identical proportions shared these views.

Table: NYS Direction

Marist Poll Methodology

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Complete Sept. 16, 2009 NYS Poll Release and Tables

The Marist Poll’s Lee Miringoff discusses how the next gubernatorial race could be shaping up:


10 Responses to “9/16: Paterson’s Approval Rating at 20%”

  1. More bad news for Paterson | Political Scene: From the Rochester Perspective | Rochester Democrat and Chronicle on September 16th, 2009 11:52 am

    [...] A new Marist Poll shows Paterson’s approval rating is 20 percent, one percentage point less than in a June [...]

  2. 80% of New Yorkers Must Be Racist | The Lonely Conservative on September 16th, 2009 1:52 pm

    [...] York Governor David Paterson’s approval rate is an abysmal 20%. That must mean that 80% of New Yorkers are racist, at least if your listening to the left’s [...]

  3. Obama: Patterson should quitb the NY Governor’s Race « Under The LobsterScope on September 20th, 2009 9:36 am

    [...] Obama has asked an increasingly embattled Gov. David Paterson to bow out of the 2010 governor’s [...]

  4. Obama to NY Governor: « www.iamdomo.com on September 20th, 2009 6:41 pm

    [...] Obama has asked an increasingly embattled Gov. David Paterson to bow out of the 2010 governor’s [...]

  5. Floyd: Obama’s Stake in Paterson’s Reelection | THE POLITICIZER on September 24th, 2009 10:18 am

    [...] a fiscal catastrophe.  The people of New York have noticed his failures.  According to a Marist poll from early this month, his approval ratings are at an abysmal 20%, the lowest ever recorded for a [...]

  6. DailyPolitical.com » Blog Archive » New Yorkers To Obama: Mind Your Own Business on September 26th, 2009 2:38 am

    [...] That’s an all-time Marist low. He was at 20 percent just last month. [...]

  7. Baruch Grassroots » The Endless Campaign on October 3rd, 2009 1:37 pm

    [...] In New York state races for 2010, the largest development has been the involvement of President Obama in the Governor’s race.  Two weeks ago it was leaked that President Obama, in his role as leader of the Democratic party, requested that Governor David Paterson not run for reelection in 2010. With rumors circulating about former Mayor Rudolph Guilani’s political ambitions for the office, the Governor’s presence on the ballot is seen by many to be a negative due to his very poor polling numbers. [...]

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    [...] go into effect Jump to Comments New York’s Gov. David Paterson may be ridiculously unpopular these days, but if anything, his legacy will include accomplishing something that no one could for [...]

  9. Obama: Paterson Should Quit New York Governor’s Race | BlackNewsTribune.com on October 6th, 2010 7:55 am

    [...] Obama has asked an increasingly embattled Gov. David Paterson to bow out of the 2010 governor’s [...]

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