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New Poll Shows Cuomo With Big Lead Over Paladino

ALBANY, NY (AP) –A poll less than two weeks before Elections Day shows Andrew Cuomo with an “overwhelming” lead over Republican Carl Paladino in the race for governor but narrowing leads for two other Democrats in statewide contests.

The Siena College poll released Wednesday found Cuomo, the state’s attorney general, leading the tea party-backed Buffalo businessman by 37 points among likely voters, 63 to 26, with 9 percent undecided. Paladino was viewed unfavorably by 69 percent of voters, the poll showed.

“The fact that two-thirds of voters view Paladino unfavorably makes his challenge virtually impossible,” said Siena’s Steven Greenberg.

In the attorney general’s race, the poll found Republican Dan Donovan now trailing Democrat Eric Schneiderman by just 7 points, 44 to 37, with 19 percent undecided. In a Siena poll of registered voters released Sept. 23, Schneiderman’s lead was 45 percent to 32 percent. That poll included voters considered unlikely to vote Nov. 2.

Meanwhile, Democratic state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s lead over Republican Harry Wilson has been trimmed to a still substantial 17 points. The poll reported 49 percent of voters would choose DiNapoli, with 32 percent picking political newcomer Wilson. Four weeks ago, DiNapoli had a 26-point lead in Siena’s poll of registered voters.

Democrats maintain strong leads in the races for two U.S. Senate seats.

Sen. Charles Schumer led Republican Jay Townsend 67 percent to 28 percent and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand led Republican Joe DioGuardi 60 percent to 31 percent.

Siena interviewed 647 likely voters from Thursday through Monday. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 points.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)



  • mcmillan4president

    jimmy mcmillan is gonna win… caus rent is too damn high!!!

  • H. Rosengarten

    MissJustice: Empty comments like yours simply parrot the Tea party’s meaningless rhetoric. A good citizen does not vote against someone for any reason, they vote for someone for based on the candidate’s policies, beliefs, and proven record. While Mr. Cuomo may not be a perfect candidate, there rarely is such a creature, he has shown a greater knowledge of the issues, he has demonstrated a more rational view of potential solutions, and he reflects the mainstream New York voter’s philosophy.

    Notice that I will not say anything negative against Mr. Paladino. As stated, a good citizen votes for a candidate, not against one. The scare and exaggeration tactics used by the Tea Party will, unfortunately, cause them long term harm. They may win many seats for their supported candidates this election, but they offer few specifics, with many generalities. That is a shame, as this country does need an alternative to the two established parties.

  • MissJusticeNY

    If you vote for Cuomo, you are part of the PROBLEM! Please, if you are planning on voting for him, just do a little bit of research first.

    • Mark

      Misjustice, I would like you to substantiate your remark. Please be specific as to why Andrew Cuomo and supporting him is being “part of the problem”. First of all, what problem? There are so many. As a teacher, I have been told several times by people that don’t even know me that I am “part of the problem”. What I think is going on here is that people are choosing sides in the same manner as people choose football teams to back and are doing nothing more than rah-rah cheering their team while trash talking the other. New York is a seriously dysfunctional state. I don’t know if Cuomo will be the answer, one man can never alone solve all of our problems. What I want to know is why you think he is part of the problem. I want to know exactly what your reasoning is. Please back up your assertions with references. Thank you!

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