Voters Know Budget Is Bad, But Aren’t Pleased With Paterson’s Approach

ALBANY—David Paterson's approval rating has slipped 11 points since August, according to a Quinnipiac poll released today.

Paterson has come under fire on multiple fronts for proposing a budget that includes tax and fee increases on everything from soda to iTunes downloads. Forty-six percent of those surveyed said they disapprove of Paterson's approach to the budget, with opposition higher among upstaters and women.

But it looks like voters do "get it." Of those surveyed, 71 percent categorized New York's budget problems as "very serious." Which is a nice little Christmas present for Paterson.