Via Michael Calderone, in the wake of recent Spitzer (and Paterson) news, Crain’s New York Business polled New York voters and asked them, among other things:

“Do you think the press should report limited illegal drug use by a politician when they were much younger?”

The results:

In any circumstances: 40%


If they used heroin: 13%

If they used cocaine: 10%

If they used marijuana: 3%

None of these 39%

No response/Refused: 4%

Maybe Crain’s should have asked, “Do you think the press should run on the front page a piece about a politician’s apparently very limited illegal drug use (just a “bit part” in a “young life,” really)?

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Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.