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NY: Paterson, 2010 Gov (Siena 3/7)

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Siena
3/7/10; 712 registered voters, 3.7% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
(Siena release)

New York

2010 Governor
63% Cuomo, 25% Lazio (chart)

Favorable / Unfavorable
David Paterson: 21 / 67 (chart)
Andrew Cuomo: 63 / 25
Rick Lazio: 30 / 29
Richard Ravitch: 22 / 16

How would you rate the job that David Paterson is doing as Governor? Would you rate it excellent, good, fair, or poor?
19% Excellent/Good, 80% Fair/Poor (chart)

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?
55% Serve remainder, 37% Resign

If Governor Paterson does not resign, do you think the State Legislature should move to impeach the Governor and remove him from office or do you think that he should be allowed to finish his term?
21% Impeach, 71% Finish term

 

Comments
Farleftandproud:

Cuomo Cuomo, when are you going to jump in the race!!! NY needs you.

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Field Marshal:

Yeah, like they need a hole in their heads. Whats the difference between Cuomo and Patterson and Spitzer? Just the name. They all have the same failed policies that will doom the state of NY.

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Travis:

I'm going to disregard the poll numbers for a minute (though they were surprisingly better in this poll than I thought they should/would be).

Right now, I'm more concerned with the following portion of the poll:

"19% Excellent/Good, 80% Fair/Poor"

Why do pollsters continue to insist on the archaic standard of equating "fair" with a subpar rating (i.e., "poor")? Fair, by definition, is the middle ground; it means "moderately good." It is not synonymous with "poor."

Instead of conflating "fair" and "poor," it would be more sensible to group "Excellent" and "Good" as a positive rating, separate "Fair" as a stand-alone, moderate (or even neutral) rating, and present "Poor" by itself as the negative rating. [It would also be possible to group "Good" and "Fair," since the term "good" can also indicate moderation.]

If pollsters don't want to do that, they should stop using the "excellent to poor" rating scale. Frankly, I think that would be the best course of action. This type of rating system should be scrapped, because its rating terms are ill-defined and everyday usage of those terms, specifically "fair" and even "good," can vary wildly.

Bottom line: It's absurd that "fair" continues to be lumped with "poor." Pollsters should fix this flaw in this rating system, or they should scrap this rating system (which would be ideal).

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