ALBANY, NY (WPIX) -- A Quinnipiac University poll out Monday holds no glad tidings for Governor David Paterson. The poll found that a majority of New Yorkers think Paterson should not even bother running for a full-term in 2010.
An overwhelming 53% of New Yorkers believe he is doing such a horrible job, he should just throw in the towel when he's done filling the rest of his term next year. New Yorkers also believe he should make the announcement now, rather than later.
New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani or Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.
In a general election face-off, Giuliani would defeat the governor 53% to 32%. In a Paterson-Cuomo race, the Attorney General would destroy the Governor, 18% to Cuomo's 61%, according to the poll.
Meanwhile, only 39% believe he has time to turn things around to be a formidable contender in the race.
The governor currently has a 60% disapproval rating; just 28% think he's handling the job well. This is the worse rating for a governor since the poll started in 1994.
In March 2008, Paterson - then Lieutenant Governor - became governor in the wake of the prostitution scandal that forced Eliot Spitzer out of office.