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  Poll: New Yorkers Don't Want Paterson To Resign
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Last EditedJason  Mar 10, 2010 02:37am
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News DateMonday, March 8, 2010 08:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionA new Siena poll says that New Yorkers do not want Gov. David Paterson (D-NY) to resign from office.

Respondents were asked: "Do you think David Paterson should serve out the remainder of his term as Governor until December 31st or do you think he should resign immediately and let Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch serve as Governor for the remainder of the year?" The result: 55% want Paterson to stay, and 37% want Paterson to resign and let Ravitch take over.

There are many variables in play, but this might be an example of how the wording of the question can affect the result. A Quinnipiac poll from Friday was much worse for Paterson, with only 46% preferring to see him serve out his term, and 42% wanting him to resign.

That question simply asked: "Do you think Governor Paterson should serve his full term until December 31 or should he resign?" This poll's question did not directly include Ravitch who was controversially appointed to office by Paterson last year in a move that withstood a legal challenge at the state's highest court. (Quinnipiac inquired about Ravitch in a separate question, finding that Paterson was only preferred by 37%-32%, with a whopping 31% undecided.)
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