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Plurality picks Giuliani for 2010 governor’s race

If the 2010 gubernatorial race were held today, 43 percent of RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll respondents say they would vote for former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Attorney General Andrew Cuomo placed second with more than one-quarter of the vote.

Gov. David Paterson has vowed to run next year for election to a full term as New York governor. But with low poll numbers and pressure from the White House to withdraw from the race, he could face a challenge within his own party. Fewer than 10 percent of RBJ respondents said they would vote for Paterson.

Meanwhile, Republicans are weighing prospective candidates for their bid to regain control of the governor’s mansion, with former Rep. Rick Lazio jumping into the race last week. Lazio, who once represented a Long Island district in Congress, garnered 5 percent of the RBJ poll vote.

More than 1,050 readers participated in this week’s poll, which was conducted Sept. 28 and 29.

If the 2010 election for governor were held today, whom would you vote for?

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani:
43%
Attorney General Andrew Cuomo:
28%
Gov. David Paterson:
9%
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg:
8%
Former Rep. Rick Lazio:
5%
Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi:
3%
Other:
4%

What is your political affiliation?
Republican:
41%
Non-affiliated:
30%
Democrat:
26%
Other:
3%

COMMENTS:
Paterson is a sham. He talked big on fiscal conservancy but never delivered. In fact, he increased the state budget 9 percent. Seriously? He’s running for re-election? Based on what? Giuliani and Bloomberg are the only guys on the list who have practiced what they preach. They both took tough stands and transformed New York City. And that approach is sorely needed in Albany!
-Ben Murphy, founder,
TheFatherLife.com

Hello, it’s time to wake up! It’s David Paterson that’s telling it straightforward, like it is, and bringing forth the issues and solutions that few politicians dare tackle in New York State. It’s time to reward good behavior and good leadership in New York. Thank you, David.
-Jeffrey B. Larson

I’d probably go with Mr. Giuliani, but Mr. Cuomo would be a good choice, as well. Not for nothing, but party affiliation has gotten us "jack" so far, so it should be a person best qualified to lead. Unfortunately, Mr. Paterson does not show us that quality.
-Rick Bradley

This state requires someone like Giuliani who has the capability to perform the duties of governor. He has a track record in New York City of turning around a bad situation. He also is not afraid of making decisions that some people don’t like. The producers are fleeing New York and there are fewer taxpayers paying more taxes for those whose benefits are increasing. What a business plan!
-Todd Black,
Black’s Hardware

We need a successful businessperson to run the state and federal governments, someone who’s a leader, not a follower, and one who understands budgeting, return on investment, development and growth.
-Rich Calabrese Jr.

Giuliani would get my vote because of the way he handled 9/11. I think that he was a terrific leader in the midst of tragedy. Then again, maybe we just need to get away from politics and put a businessperson in the position. We need someone who is going to hear us, the constituents of New York State. There are many issues here in New York that need to be addressed. The political debates that drag on forever are getting very tiresome, and with little results.
-Pamela Carbone,
Robert’s Gold Foil Stamping

Gov. Paterson has demonstrated that he is a fighter for the people of New York State through rough times and will continue until he is voted out of office. He will have my vote even if I have to write his name in the ballot on Election Day.
-Nancy Shairer

This state needs a fresh voice and a fresh start from this mess. None of the choices above would represent that.
-David Lindskoog

While governance of New York appears impossible under the strain of our state’s horrific legislative gridlock, incompetence, unthinkable patronage, lack of transparency and intolerable compulsion to maintain the status quo, Andrew Cuomo’s political heritage and compulsive commitment to integrity represents our best hope to reshape the bankrupt policies, arrogance and disregard for the constituency that have so dominated our landscape for decades.
-Bruno A. Sniders, Webster,
Alexander Communications

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