New York Democrats prefer Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to Gov. David A. Paterson next year by a 3-1 margin, while blacks favor Cuomo 2 to 1 over the state's first African-American chief executive, a Quinnipiac poll found.
The survey, released yesterday, showed Paterson gaining 4 percentage points from an Aug. 16 survey in which Cuomo led Paterson 61 percent to 15 percent.
Republicans favor former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani over former Rep. Rick Lazio by 74 percent to 9 percent. Among all voters, Giuliani led Paterson, 54 percent to 32 percent; Cuomo led Giuliani, 50 percent to 40 percent, and Paterson tied Lazio, each with 38 percent.
"If there's a racial issue in a matchup between Governor David Paterson and Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, these numbers don't show it," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute in Hamden, Conn.
A majority of voters, 57 percent, disapproved of Paterson's job performance, compared with 59 percent in the Aug. 16 poll. Cuomo received a job-approval rating of 71 percent.