A new Quinnipiac poll confirms that New York remains one of the flakiest states in the country. The poll shows that New York voters harbor deep feelings of animosity for Governor Paterson. 60-28 percent of voters disapprove of Paterson's performance. Also, according to the survey, Paterson would lose to former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani -- by double digits.
Paterson's skid started after he declined to appoint Caroline Kennedy to fill the empty Senate seat created when Hillary Clinton became Secretary of State. Although politicians from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to President Barack Obama supported Kennedy, Paterson chose Representative Kirsten Gillibrand instead.
Gillibrand, who, as a member of the House of Representatives, won the support of conservative and moderate voters in her upstate district, could help provide campaign support for Paterson in this important region of the state. Nevertheless, his selection of Gillibrand and rejection of Kennedy set off a round of criticism.
Ironically, New York voters have punished Paterson for not selecting Kennedy, but polling data prior to his selection of Gillibrand revealed that most voters did not support Kennedy -- even though she polled higher than Gillibrand. Her numbers plunged considerably after she began a self-promotion tour, explicitly declaring her interest in the position. Despite their disapproval of Kennedy, New York voters immediately punished Paterson for bypassing her, and they continue to do so. Get outta here!