Manhattanville College is out with a poll today on voters’ perceptions of Gov. David Paterson, finding that only 41 percent of voters have a favorable view of him and only 20 percent would vote for him in 2010 for election.
The poll is a little better than a Marist College poll last week that found Paterson with a 26 percent approval rating, the lowest in 30 years of their polling.
The poll by Manhattanville College, based in Purchase, Westchester County, found Paterson as the only statewide official with an overall negative rating. His job performance rating was 29 percent.
When paired in a hypothetical race against Rudy Giuliani, Giuliani leads Paterson 50 percent to to 36 percent.
The poll found that on a series of personal qualities and characteristics voters were most likely to describe Paterson as:—Works hard at his job (+40% net difference)—Honest and ethical (+24%)—Well informed (+24%)—Warm and likeable person (+19%)
They were least likely to describe him as:—Excites and inspires people (-32%)—Makes me feel proud (-23%)—Fights for my issues (-23%)—Get things done (-13%)—Cares about the needs of people like me (-12%)
Those who had negative views of Paterson most frequently cited:
—Handling of the budget (40%) including budget cuts.—General way he handled the job (19%)—Handling of the US Senate appointment (17%)—Increasing his staff’s salary (5%)
The Manhattanville College poll was conducted by telephone interviews with 505 registered voters in New York. The margin of error for the poll is 4.4 percentage points. It was conducted Feb. 28 through March 5.