Piling on Paterson (updated!)

Paterson favorability 2009-02

Not a favorable trend for the Gov.

The Siena poll out today reports that David Paterson's favorable/unfavorable is now at 40-47. And it's been all downhill since the peak he hit at Thanksgiving of last year (chart above).

The poll also asked people about a hypothetical primary between Paterson and Andrew Cuomo. According to the poll, Paterson would go down hard in the matchup, 53-27 -- which lines up with the result a Q Poll got last week.

Earlier on AOA:
+ Stumbling out of the gate
+ Everybody hates David Paterson
+ Speculate about 2010? Sure, why not.

Update Wednesday morning! Check out Sebastien's interpretation of the graph after the jump!

After we posted this graph on Tuesday afternoon, Sebastien sent along an email: "Now is it just me or your graph looks vaguely familiar?" This image was attached:

Paterson in graph

It all makes sense now.

(Thanks, Sebastien!)


The chart also looks like the difference between revenue and expenses for New York State.

Yikes, that's so unfortunate.

Mr Paterson, if it makes you feel any better, I think this is the most handsome chart graph I've ever seen. Why, I think it sets a pretty high standard, and it's going to force other bar graphs to work pretty hard in order to compete. And THAT, my friend, is an accomplishment you can be proud of.

it seems this patterson smear campaign began about the time he didn't pick kennedy for senator. the ones uhappy about patterson seem to be the media, in my opinion, and you guys are jumping right on the bandwagon. give the guy a break. he's up against some powerful people, and you're just adding fuel to the fire.

I don't know everything there is to know about the New York political machine, but I confess I feel a bit sorry for Patterson. He's under tremendous pressure to make cuts to the mess of a budget he inherited, and it seem that every time he tries, people freak out and start screaming. I know plenty of state workers who will be happy to forfeit their raises and bonuses this year if it means...oh...KEEPING THEIR JOBS. He's had to make a lot of controversial choices and it seems that no matter what he does, somebody's going to get pissed off. The downstate "elite" are mad because he wanted better representation for upstate New York, and right now it seems that no matter what he does he can't win.

I've seen that before, it's also a vase.

i thought it was two witches.

I agree with Summer. He got a bum deal. From the sounds of it he didn't help himself by hiring a bunch of eight-year olds to his staff but he inherited a flipping mess.

I don't know what it will take for me to dislike David Paterson. As awful as this sounds, I find his gaffs to be somewhat adorable. He's like Balki from Perfect Strangers. And although I've never met "The Accidental Governor", I have a feeling we'd get along quite well. I can picture us sharing a laugh, splitting a twix or walking down the street Monkees style.

Seems as if everyone expects him to work miracles on demand. Anyhow, he's less arrogant than Spitzer.

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