What’s not to like?
Former New York governor and largely unknown 2016 Republican presidential candidate George Pataki has remarkably high unfavorable ratings. He barely registers in polling on who voters support, garnering 1% on good days, yet has extremely high negative ratings. A Public Policy Polling survey released last Thursday reported that 16% of New Hampshire Republican primary voters view Pataki favorably while 45% view him unfavorably. Pataki has received such skewed views since summer. For example, a University of New Hampshire/WMUR poll released August 3rd reported a favorable rating from 18% of those polled, but an unfavorable rating from 43%.
Such high unfavorables are remarkable considering the lack of voter attention he’s received. His campaign is virtually broke, unable to afford advertising, and the modest crowds he draws while campaigning don’t appear particularly hostile.
I asked Pataki about this decidedly negative view Friday, as he left a campaign appearance in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Here’s what he had to say: