All personal failures fall by the wayside when the economy is in the tank, apparently. A new poll conducted by Marist College finds that New Yorkers would prefer to have former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who resigned in disgrace a year ago amid a prostitution scandal, back in office instead of their current leader, David Paterson. Fifty-one percent of those polled said “bring back Spitzer,” while just 22 percent approved of the job Gov. Paterson is doing running New York. Paterson’s approval ratings have been in a steep decline since the start of 2009—due in large part to the state’s budget woes. Paterson also trailed far behind in theoretical elections against state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.