Poll Watch: Paterson Getting No Respect for MTA Rescue Efforts

If you’re the sort of person who just can’t resist unscientific internet polls (and I am), there are a couple of good ones about the current state of MTA rescue talks. In NY1’s who-to-blame poll, ineffectual Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith was getting off scot-free as of about 4:30 this afternoon:

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The governor, who went on the offensive today criticizing Smith’s chamber, might find more favor among Daily News readers, judging by this poll that asks what people think of the Senate Dems’ MTA proposal:

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