Poll respondents: when does Cuomo start?

siena paterson 2009-05

Fair to say his public opinion ratings are, uh, less bad?

The Siena poll out today reports that the public's perception of David Paterson hasn't gotten any worse -- but it's not really any better, either.

Seventy-one percent of people polled said they still preferred "someone else" as governor in 2010. And people say they still prefer Eliot Spitzer to Paterson (21/11).

In hypothetical 2010 matchups, people say they prefer Andrew Cuomo to David Paterson 70-19 -- and Cuomo over Rudy Giuliani 53-41

A few more tidbits -- about same-sex marriage, Kirsten Gillibrand and tax caps -- after the jump.

Same-sex marriage
The exact same split reported in this month's Q poll on same-sex marriage shows up in this latest Siena poll, too. Respondents were split 46-46 on whether the state Senate should pass a bill allowing same-sex marriage. That's down from 53-39 in favor back in April.

Kirsten Gillibrand
"DON'T KNOW/NO OPINION" is still the leading position for people's opinion about KG. But she polls ahead of potential 2010 Republican challenger Peter King 48-26. But in a hypothetical matchup with George Pataki, she ties 43-43.

Tax caps
Strong support for a cap on property tax increases, 72-20. The "circuit breaker" option polls at 65-26 in favor. But people say that -- if given the choice of just one -- they'd rather have the circuit breaker 47-45.


What's changed since April that's made people more hateful?

I don't believe the likelihood of a Gillibrand/Pataki matchup would be even. no way no way.

@Ellsass: I was wondering very much the same thing.

This is unbelievable. What has Paterson done that makes him worse than Spitzer? The only thing people can come up with is the fact that he didn't pick a celebrity for Clinton's Senate seat. If that's really it, than wow, I am ashamed to be a part of this State.

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