David Paterson trails Andrew Cuomo in a head-to-head match-up among state voters, 23 to 65 percent, with only 12 percent undecided, according to a poll out today by Siena. The poll also showed widespread dissatisfaction with state officeholders.
Cuomo leads Paterson among African-Americans, 56 to 36 percent, and among Latinos by 90 to 4.
By a margin of 52 to 31 percent, voters say Cuomo should run for governor rather than for reelection as attorney general. Among Democrats, that margin is greater: 53 to 30 percent.
The poll comes out shortly after Paterson went on the radio and said that he, and other black politicians, are the victims of an “orchestrated” campaign to ruin their records. Paterson, in that interview, said it would be an “honor” to run for election on his record, even if he lost.
New Yorkers aren’t happy with other elected officials either. When asked if New York politicians had more or less integrity than they did 40 or 50 years ago, 54 percent said less and only 7 percent said more. Liz Benjamin crunches more numbers from the poll.