In New York, 2/3 Support for Paterson to Finish Term

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New York Gov. David Paterson (D) may not be seeking reelection, but the scandal dropped last week by The New York Times hasn't led New Yorkers to call en masse for his immediate resignation, a new poll finds.

Marist reports today that, of 543 registered voters (margin of error +/-4.5%), 66% say Paterson should finish out his term, 28% say he should resign, and 6% are unsure.

A bit of contradiction: 62% say that if Paterson doesn't resign, he won't be able to govern effectively.

Paterson announced Friday that he wouldn't seek reelection after the Times published a report that sounded like Paterson and his office had tried to influence a woman not to go through with a court case against a top Paterson aide, whom she alleged had assaulted her. Paterson spoke with the woman over the phone, and she reportedly received a visit from a member of Paterson's security detail.

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Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

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