Marist Pollster: Cuomo Has ‘Clear Path’ to Governor, Paterson Ads Not Working

A Marist Poll released today echoes other surveys showing Andrew Cuomo’s relative impregnability, and shows that David Paterson’s recent television ad blitz is not having an effect.

Fifty-six percent of the 805 registered voters surveyed said they had seen one of the two ads Paterson’s campaign began airing two weeks ago, but of that subset, 65 percent still do not believe Paterson should run for governor. The overall number slice of voters surveyed who don’t think Paterson should run is 63 percent. In a hypothetical Democratic primary match-up, Cuomo would trounce Paterson 72 to 21 percent. A poll last week showed Cuomo leading by 59 points in the same match up.

“Right now, Andrew Cuomo has a clear path to become governor,” Lee Miringoff, the Marist pollster, said in a statement. “If he could fast-forward to next November, I’m sure he would.”

The poll shows Cuomo beating Rick Lazio, the only declared Republican candidate, 69 percent to 24 percent.