Poll: NYers want Paterson to serve out term (updated)

With pressure mounting on Gov. David Paterson (D) to resign, a poll out Tuesday shows a majority of New York voters want him to stay on.

The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion survey, which was conducted before and after the latest scandal broke, shows 66 percent of registered voters want Paterson to serve out the rest of his term, 28 percent would prefer he resigns and 6 percent are unsure. Moreover, his job approval rating hasn't changed much since the scandal broke – 23 percent said Paterson is doing either an excellent or good job in office, down one point from before he withdrew from the campaign.

This doesn't mean voters have confidence in Paterson -- 62 percent expect he won't be an effective leader during the remainder of his term.

Meanwhile, former Rep. Rick Lazio, who's expected to be the GOP gubernatorial nominee, demanded Paterson resign.

Calling the latest report on Paterson by the New York Times "very sad," Lazio said in a statement: "If these allegations are true, then Governor Paterson must resign and resign now. This is another example of just how dysfunctional Albany is and how desperately we need serious change."

Updated at 2:11 p.m.