New Poll Shows Slight Lift for Paterson, But Cuomo Still Crushes

By Hasani Gittens
|  Monday, Nov 16, 2009  |  Updated 12:15 PM EDT
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New Poll Shows Slight Lift for Paterson, But Cuomo Still Crushes

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Maybe Gov. Paterson’s “Some Say” ads are actually working.

A new poll says Paterson's overall favorability rating has increased slightly in the past month, up from 27 percent in October to 33 percent now.

He’s gone from the cellar to the basement.

The Siena College poll released Monday also found his job performance was rated fair or better by 61 percent of likely voters, which is virtually unchanged from last month.

It's the first poll since Paterson's 2010 campaign committee launched a $500,000-a-week TV advertising buy.

Asked about a potential primary between Paterson and Democratic Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, 75 percent of likely Democratic voters say they would support Cuomo, with 16 percent for Paterson -- which, for Cuomo, is up from 70 percent a month ago.

So maybe those ads aren’t working after all.

The telephone survey of 800 registered voters was conducted between last Sunday and Thursday and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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