Survey: One in five would vote for Paterson

Gov. David Paterson visits the 1st tee at

Gov. David Paterson visits the 1st tee at the US Open in Bethpage on Friday. (Credit: Newsday Photo / Ana P. Gutierrez)

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ALBANY - Fewer than one in five voters plan to support Gov. David A. Paterson in next year's elections, according to a poll released Monday.

The Siena Research Institute found only 15 percent of registered voters back Paterson to return to the Executive Mansion. Sixty-eight percent said they "prefer someone else" and 16 percent had no opinion.

For the seventh month in a row, more voters viewed Paterson unfavorably than had a favorable opinion of him, 55-32.

Siena found Paterson would be defeated by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo in a hypothetical Democratic primary, 23 percent to 65 percent. The gap between the pair has narrowed since June..

Paterson has vowed to run, and he continues to criticize the media for alleged "racial stereotyping." He told The Borrero Report blog in an interview published Monday that "one very successful minority is permissible [President Barack Obama], but when you see too many success stories then some people get nervous."

Obama spokesman Bill Burton yesterday refuted Paterson's assertion made last Friday that the president's ethnicity played a role in recent negative reports. "The president doesn't think it's the case."

In general election matchups, Paterson trails former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a Republican, 33-56. Cuomo would defeat Giuliani, 53-40.

Still, Paterson enjoys greater recognition than Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

DiNapoli, a former assemblyman from Great Neck, is backed by 17 percent while 28 percent prefer someone else. Fifty-six percent had no opinion. "It's not surprising people haven't formed an opinion of the comptroller; it's a lower profile position," said DiNapoli spokesman John Del Cecato.

The poll of 621 voters, from Aug. 17-20, had an error margin of 3.9 percentage points.

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