Only 26 percent of the 1,045 registered voters surveyed said Mr. Paterson was doing either a good or excellent job, while 71 percent said he was doing a fair or poor job [Full poll details]. Even Eliot Spitzer had a higher approval rating a year ago, 30 percent, when he was the governor amid his prostitution scandal. The poll results indicate that voters believe Mr. Paterson is working hard and understands the state’s problems, but suggests people do not have confidence in his ability to lead.
Among Democrats, Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo trounces Mr. Paterson in a hypothetical primary matchup, 62 to 26 percent. In a general election, Rudolph W. Giuliani would beat Mr. Paterson, 53 to 38 percent, according to the poll.
Paterson "is even doing poorly among members of his party" with only 30% of registered Democrats saying he's doing an above average job.
Paterson's approval numbers dropped some 20 percent since the January poll. Not sure is this a reflection of the budget process, his admittedly inept handling of the Hillary Clinton replacement, or a combination of other factors. But it's still early and he can turn the numbers around.