Poll: New Yorkers Reject Paterson, But Accept His Marriage Proposal

ALBANY—David Paterson’s political standing remains extraordinarily low, a new poll out today finds.
The survey by the Siena Research Institute found Paterson’s job approval rating has slipped one point to 18 percent, and his favorability rating is down two points from last month to 27 percent. More than twice as many of the 682 voters surveyed do not approve of the governor, or 63 percent. Both changes are within the poll’s margin of error.
In seeking to find out why, Siena asked what contributed to Paterson’s declining popularity. The biggest reasons were his handling of the state budget and approving pay raises for staffers.