David Paterson stands out

paterson oprah

This situation may be beyond even Oprah's abilities.

Reporting that David Paterson is "deeply unpopular" these days is a little bit like reporting "Earth revolves around sun" -- tell us something we don't know.

This new NYT/Cornell/NY1 poll just adds to the already-established story -- the short version of which is: people have very little confidence that David Paterson can lead the state in the right direction.

OK. But here's the story from a perspective we hadn't seen: how does Paterson's (un)popularity compare to that of other governors around the country?

Nate Silver, political stats nerd hero, ran an analysis recently which indicated that David Paterson is the nation's least popular governor -- and it's not even close.

Paterson's competition for last place was Jim Gibbons, the governor of Nevada. He's been accused or associated with: bribery, plagiarism, sexual assault, real estate fraud, and basically not showing up for work. And this guy was actually more popular than Paterson in Silver's ratings.

But maybe things are turning upward, slightly, for our governor. He actually sounded like an adult today when talking about all the Senate drama. That's something these days.

photo: ny.gov


Oprah can't help him now. She has enough problems of her own with all her wacky health advices being featured in print and pixel media.
BTW, the link for Silver's analysis is not working.

Editors: Thanks for the heads-up about the link. It's fixed now.

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

The People's Art: Selections from the Empire State Plaza Art Collection

Opening this weekend at the State Museum: The People's Art: Selections from the Empire State Plaza Art Collection. The exhibit features 20 works from the... (more)

A look at MopCo's new Schenectady theater

Two things we should disclose before you start reading this post. 1. One half of AOA performs with the Mop & Bucket Company. (Hint: It's... (more)

Stuff to do this weekend

Welcome to the weekend. We're so glad you could make it. After the jump you'll find a fall bounty of stuff to do -- from... (more)

Morning Blend

Rensselaer County homicides Authorities say the three men arrested in Virginia this week in connection with two separate homicides in Rensselaer County are facing second-degree... (more)

Albany Capital Center construction tour

The Albany Capital Center doesn't open until next March, but the structure of the new convention center has taken shape and, from the exterior at... (more)

Recent Comments

... the Helderberg neighborhood is fabulous for Trick or Treating, maybe too much so. We always see families coming from other parts of Albany by the van load - being dropped off at one end and working their way to the other. Lots of houses in friendly neighborhoods = a packed and good time. It is also rumored that a few adults dress up and roam the streets handing out adult beverages to other adults. Again, just a rumor...

Albany Capital Center construction tour

...has 1 comment, most recently from Paul

Stuff to do this weekend

...has 1 comment, most recently from Time

Morning Blend for Oct 21

...has 1 comment, most recently from karnerblu

Screenprint Biennial 2016

...has 2 comments, most recently from Nathan

Drawing: Tickets for contemporary circus clown show at Rev Hall + a Brown's gift card

...has 31 comments, most recently from Marie