New Yorkers Don't Want Spitzer In Office, Says Poll

Over half of all polled have unfavorable view of former Governor

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    NEW YORK - APRIL 7: "EXCLUSIVE" Former New York Governor and Attorney General Eliot Spitzer works at the family firm started by his father Bernard Spitzer on 5th Avenue and goes about his business on the streets of New York on April 10, 2009 in New York, NY. On March 10, 2008, The New York Times reported that Spitzer was a client of a prostitution ring under investigation by the federal government. Two days later, he announced his resignation as governor of New York, effective March 17, citing "private failings". (Photo by Charles Ommanney/Getty Images)

    A new Marist poll shows nearly two-thirds of registered New York State voters don't want Governor Eliot Spitzer to run for office this year.

    The former governor, who resigned in 2008 after it was revealed he solicited the services of prostitutes, has appeared on numerous local and national talk shows.

    Spitzer said on a recent appearance on NY1 that he "desperately" missed his old job and wouldn't rule out a run in the future.

    But the latest poll from the upstate polling company shows 66 percent of voters don't want Spitzer back in office.

    “Eliot Spitzer’s attempt to reconnect with New York voters is not paying off in the short-run,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The
    Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.  “He has become more visible lately but not more electable.”

    Fifty-two percent of voters do not want Spitzer to ever run for public office, and 54 percent have an unfavorable view of the Governor. 

    Since leaving Albany, Spitzer has laid low, spending time teaching a "Law and Public Policy" class at City College. 

    The New York Times reported that Spitzer was rumored to be in the running to replace anchor Campbell Brown on CNN's prime time schedule.  He recently filled-in for anchor Dylan Ratigan on MSNBC and has appeared as a guest and pundit on other political television shows.