Poll: Sharp Jump In Percentage Of Voters Who Think Paterson Should Resign

A new Quinnipiac poll in New York finds a sharp increase in the number of people who think that Gov. David Paterson (D) should resign – and this increase has happened in only the past two days, as more and more scandals have been reported in the press.

Registered voters were asked: “Do you think Governor Paterson should serve his full term until December 31 or should he resign?” The numbers are only 46% for serving his full term, to 42% saying he should resign, with a ±2.7% margin of error. Just two days ago, that number stood at 61%-31% in Paterson’s favor.From the pollster’s analysis: “Support for Gov. David Paterson erodes with every new headline. New York State voters started the week giving the Governor the benefit of the doubt 2-1. Now, there is more doubt and less benefit as he clings to a bare plurality of support.”

Respondents were also asked about Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch, who was controversially appointed to office by Paterson last year in a move that withstood a legal challenge at the state’s highest court. In the poll from two days ago, there was some reason to believe that a reluctance to see an unknown face take over the governorship — after Paterson himself had succeeded to the office two years ago — might have been a factor in giving Paterson the benefit of the doubt.

The poll asked: “Who do you think would more effectively govern New York state until December 31 – David Paterson or Richard Ravitch?” The answer today is Paterson 37%, Ravitch 32%, undecided 31%, compared to a much better number for Paterson of 47%-29%-23% two days ago.