Cuomo Extends Lead Over Paladino, New Poll Shows

By Jonathan Eiseman
|  Monday, Oct 25, 2010  |  Updated 1:53 PM EDT
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Cuomo Extends Lead Over Paladino, New Poll Shows

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Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Cuomo (R) greets Republican gubernatorial nominee Carl Paladino before the start of the gubernatorial debate at Hofstra University October 18, 2010 in Hempstead, New York.

Just like Billy Madison, many New York voters are not too thrilled about Carl.

In a new Siena College Poll released this morning, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo has extended his lead over GOP opponent Carl Paladino to 37 percentage points, beating him by an overwhelming 63%-26% among likely New York Voters.

“With less than two weeks until Election Day, it’s going to take more than a minor miracle by the Paladino campaign to turn the gubernatorial race around,” said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg.

In addition to losing to Cuomo in a potential election, the poll also showed that 69% of voters viewed Paladino unfavorably. In addition, the same percentage of people would agree with the statement that Paladino is a "loose cannon." Even Gov. David Paterson, whose administration has been plagued by setbacks and scandals, was only viewed unfavorably by 58%.

“While Cuomo continues to enjoy a very strong favorability rating among New York voters, Paladino’s favorability rating continues to erode,” said Greenberg. “Three times as many New York voters view Paladino unfavorably as view him favorably. To say the least, that’s a difficult position for a candidate for the state’s top office to find himself in.”

The poll was conducted from October 14-18, ending just before the scheduled debate, and has a margin of error of 3.9 percentage points.

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