Poll finds Gillibrand, Paterson in trouble

A new poll suggests Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandMaloney primary challenger calls on her to return, donate previous campaign donations from Trump Senate confirms controversial circuit court nominee She Should Run launches initiative to expand number of women in political process MORE (D-N.Y.) and the man who appointed her, Gov. David Paterson (D), are both in trouble  after an appointment process that left many New York Democrats unhappy.
 
Both Gillibrand and Paterson trail Democratic primary challengers in 2010, according to a Quinnipiac University poll .
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It found Gillibrand trailing Rep. Carolyn McCarthyCarolyn McCarthyWhy Congress needs an openly atheist member, now Lobbying World Lobbying world MORE (D-N.Y.) 34 percent to 24 percent. McCarthy has said she is pushing forward with a primary challenge to the new senator because she has voted too conservatively on gun control.
 
Only 10 percent of voters disapprove of how Gillibrand is performing her job, versus 28 percent who approve, but it appears a significant number are still looking for something else.
 
In polling for the general election, Gillibrand led Rep. Peter King (R), who is looking into the race, 42 percent to 26 percent.
 
“Sen. Gillibrand needs to keep up her get-acquainted campaign,” said Quinnipiac polling director Maurice Carroll. “But as of today, voters don’t know much about any of (the candidates).”
 
Gillibrand is in less trouble than Paterson, who trails state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo 55-23 in the Democratic primary for governor.
 
Cuomo isn’t in the race, but many expect him to run for the office, which he has long coveted.
 
In the general election, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani ties Paterson 43-43 in a prospective matchup, while Cuomo leads Giuliani 51-37.
 
More than half (52 percent) of voters disapproved of the way Paterson handled Gillibrand’s appointment to former Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s seat, which included the soap opera-like candidacy of Caroline Kennedy. Cuomo was also in the mix for that appointment.
 
“The Caroline Kennedy mix-up still haunts Gov. David Paterson,” Carroll said.
 
Paterson ascended to the governor’s mansion after former Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D) was implicated in a prostitution scandal.