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Poll: Paterson up, Giuliani down

From NBC's Ali Weinberg
New York Governor David Paterson's poll numbers remain near record low levels while former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani's odds in potential gubernatorial match-ups improved in the past month, a Siena College research institute poll found.

Paterson's favorable/unfavoratble rating is 27 to 61 percent, down slightly from 29 to 59 percent last month. Only 15 percent are prepared to elect Paterson Governor, while 72 percent favor 'someone else,' the institute reported. In a primary matchup, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo would beat Paterson 70 to 20 perecnt, the poll found.

"By every measure, voters continue to keep Governor Paterson in the electoral cellar, and by every measure, Paterson?s numbers are within a handful of points or less of his all time record lows," said Siena New York pollster Steven Greenberg.

In a general election, Giuliani would win over Paterson 56 to 33 percent. Against Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the former mayor leads 53 to 36 percent, widening an eight-point lead from last month. Giuliani now trails Cuomo by only seven points, versus 13 last month.