Earlier this week, I wrote two blog entries that criticize President Obama's decision to push New York Governor David Paterson out of the 2010 election. Paterson has very low approval ratings, and polls show that he would lose to virtually every Republican contender.
Although many of my liberal colleagues disagree with my assessment of the situation, New Yorkers share a similar view. According to a newly released Marist College Poll, 62% of New York voters say that the White House was wrong. This sentiment exists across party affiliation: 51% of Democrats, 77% of Republicans and 64% of Independents believe Obama was wrong to inject himself into the state election. Furthermore, even when pollsters told voters to consider that Paterson could hurt the Democratic ticket, more voters -- including more Democrats -- still believed that Obama acted inappropriately.
Ta da. It is clear. New Yorkers might hate Paterson, but they get to decide whether to keep or discard him.
See: Marist Poll Summary; Marist Poll Data.