So, a slightly wider margin than we saw in the Siena College poll the other day, but not too much difference. Unlike in the Siena survey, though, Paterson's approvals have dropped somewhat, to 51-37 from 57-34. Still, not too shabby given the financial crisis.
Marist also tested Paterson against Bloomberg, but to me, that's not even a question worth asking. Bloomsberry just spent a huge amount of political capital on his definition-of-self-serving move to extend term limits in NYC. He's running for mayor in 2009. There is quite literally no way, no how he could do that then turn right around and run for governor. However, there is one interesting tidbit here: Paterson trailed His Bloominess by 11 in October, but leads by 4 now. Make of that what you will.
Anyhow, I also tend to doubt Rudy will even run - his "leaving the door open" statement the other day was so half-hearted. But it at least remains a possibility. And I'd love to see Paterson wipe the floor with him.