Gov. David Paterson is getting low grades for how he is handling the budget, which is due April 1.
According to the latest Marist Poll, 64 percent of registered New York voters disapprove of Paterson's handling of the budget, while 28 percent approve and 8 percent aren't sure.
His disapproval numbers rose from 58 percent just since March 9.
"Paterson may have nixed his election plans in order to govern New York, but voters aren't buying it," said Lee Miringoff, director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. "His numbers remain at historic lows."
Marist is based in Poughkeepsie.
Yesterday, Paterson has submitted emergency plans to fund essential state operations for the first two weeks of its next fiscal year, which begins April 1.
The bills are the latest sign that Paterson, among others, believes a budget agreement can't be enacted by the state's March 31 deadline. The state faces a $9.2 billion deficit.
Paterson's overall approval numbers also remain low, with 17 percent saying he is doing either an excellent or a good job in office, while 39 percent say he is doing a fair job and 41 percent saying he's performing poorly, according to the Marist Poll.
Marist surveyed 775 people March 23-24. The margin of error is 3.5 percentage points.