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Toplines - 2010 New York Governor Race - September 22, 2009

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New York State Survey of 500 Likely Voters
Conducted September 22, 2009
By Rasmussen Reports

1* How would you rate the job Barack Obama has been doing as President… do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s been doing?

48% Strongly approve
13% Somewhat approve
11% Somewhat disapprove
27% Strongly disapprove
1% Not sure

2* How would you rate the job David Paterson has been doing as Governor… do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s been doing?

14% Strongly approve
25% Somewhat approve
27% Somewhat disapprove
33% Strongly disapprove
2% Not sure


3* 2010 New York Governor’s Race

Rick Lazio (R)

38%

David Paterson (D)

38%

Some other candidate

13%

Not sure

11%

Rudy Giuliani (R)

50%

David Paterson (D)

39%

Some other candidate

8%

Not sure

2%

Rick Lazio (R)

26%

Andrew Cuomo (D)

65%

Some other candidate

5%

Not sure

5%

Rudy Giuliani (R)

37%

Andrew Cuomo (D)

58%

Some other candidate

3%

Not sure

3%

4* I’m going to read you a short list of people in the News. For each, please let me know if you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable, or very unfavorable impression.

Candidate for the NY Governor’s Race

Very Favorable

Somewhat Favorable

Somewhat Unfavorable

Very Unfavorable

Not sure

Paterson

11%

27%

26%

31%

6%

Giuliani

25%

30%

13%

31%

2%

Lazio

6%

27%

29%

20%

18%

Cuomo

36%

32%

12%

13%

7%

5* Last week the White House told Governor David Paterson that he should not run for Governor in 2010. Should the White House get involved like this in New York state politics?

29% Yes
60% No
11% Not sure

6* Should Paterson drop out of the Governor’s race?

44% Yes
41% No
16% Not sure

7* How likely is it that Paterson will drop out of the Governor’s race?

17% Very likely
31% Somewhat likely
31% Not very likely
8% Not at all likely

13% Not sure

8* Does the White House’s pressure on Paterson not to run in the 2010 Governor’s race make you more likely to vote for Paterson, less likely to vote for Paterson or have no impact on your vote?

18% More likely
16% Less likely
64% No impact

2% Not sure

NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence