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New Poll Finds Cuomo Holds Comfortable Lead Over Paladino

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Candidates for governor: Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino Candidates for governor: Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino (Chris Hondros/Getty/ Azi Paybarah)

A new poll out Thursday finds Democrat Andrew Cuomo 26 points ahead of his Republican gubernatorial challenger Carl Paladino, markedly different results from a poll released on Wednesday's that showed the race in a statistical dead heat.

Thursday's poll by Siena College found that Cuomo maintains his wide lead over Paladino at 57 percent to 24 percent. Siena's Steve Greenberg says that's virtually unchanged since August.

"Andrew Cuomo continues to have a better than two-to-one lead over Paladino," Greenberg says.

The numbers differ significantly from a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday that showed the race had narrowed to six percentage points.

Greenberg says the difference is that Siena surveyed registered voters, Quinnipiac asked likely voters. He says it may be too early to target likely voters, because most New Yorkers aren't focused on an election that is still six weeks away.

The Siena survey also included Conservative Party candidate Rick Lazio who, Greenberg says took some votes away from Paladino. Lazio is under pressure from some Republican leaders to quit the race, and give the Conservative line over to Paladino. The former congressman has not yet said what he'll do.

Paladino's campaign, which issued a statement crowing over the results of the Wednesday poll, was less enchanted with Thursday's numbers. The Republican candidate's campaign says the poll has "questionable results" and that their own internal polling indicates that Paladino may be somewhere in between the two polls, around 10 points behind Cuomo.

Cuomo and his campaign did not comment, but other Democratic elected officials, who denied that they were acting as surrogates for Cuomo, held a news conference to condemn the GOP candidate. State Sen. Neil Breslin, of Albany who was at the conference said Paladino is "a bigot and a racist."

Cuomo's campaign released an ad labeling Paladino a "welfare king," for taking $1.4 million in economic development tax breaks and creating just one job.

The tone of the already nasty race deteriorated further, with each campaign calling the other candidate a liar. Paladino released a mock up of Cuomo as Pinocchio, after the Attorney General misspoke at a news event where he was endorsed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Cuomo said that he had voted for Bloomberg, but later admitted he had not.

Paladino, in a statement, says "Andrew's not capable of telling the truth."

State Democratic Party Chair Jay Jacobs responded, saying that Paladino's "entire life is a lie."

A new poll out Thursday finds Democrat Andrew Cuomo 26 points ahead of Republican Carl Paladino, markedly different results from Wednesday's poll numbers showing the race in a statistical dead heat.
The poll, by Siena College found that Democrat Cuomo maintains his wide lead over GOP candidate Carl Paladino at 57% to 24% . Siena's Steve Greenberg says that's virtually unchanged since August.
"Andrew Cuomo continues to have a better than two to one lead over Paladino," said Greenberg.
The numbers differ significantly from a Quinnipiac poll released a day earlier that showed the race had narrowed to six percentage points, a statistical dead heat. Greenberg says the difference is that Siena surveyed registered voters, Quinnipiac asked likely voters. He says it may be too early to target likely voters, because most New Yorkers aren't focused on an election that is still six weeks away.
The Siena survey also included Conservative Party candidate Rick Lazio in the mix, and Lazio took some votes away from Paladino, says Greenberg.Lazio is under pressure from some Republican leaders to quit the race, and give the Conservative line over to Paladino. The former congressman has not yet said what he'll do.
Carl Paladino's campaign, which issued a statement crowing over the results of the Wednesday poll, was less enchanted with the Thursday numbers. The Republican candidate's campaign says the poll has "questionable results" and that their own internal polling indicates that Paladino may be somewhere in between the two polls, around ten points behind Cuomo.
Cuomo and his campaign did not comment, but other Democratic elected officials, who denied that they were acting as surrogates for Cuomo, held a news conference to condemn the GOP candidate. Among those attending, State Senator Neil Breslin, of Albany.
"He's a bigot and a racist," said Breslin.
Cuomo's campaign released an ad labeling Paladino a "welfare king", for taking $1.4 million dollars in economic development tax breaks, and creating just one job.
The tone of the already nasty race deteriorated further, with each campaign calling the other candidate a liar. Paladino released a mock up of Cuomo as Pinocchio, after the Attorney General misspoke at a news event where he was endorsed by Mayor Mike Bloomberg. Cuomo said that he voted for Bloomberg, but later admitted he had not. Paladino, in a statement, said "Andrew's not capable of telling the truth".
State Democratic Party Chair Jay Jacobs responded that Paladino's "entire life is a lie".

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Comments [2]

Bruce Egert from NYC

Carl Palladino--a modern day Huey Long. Says he's a populist but is really a charlatan. Yet, he may win. Voters are that anxious for the free four year entertainment value.

Sep. 24 2010 12:32 PM
anna from NYC

What...?!
Amazing... how Newt Gingrich AVOIDED to answer Brian's question

Sep. 24 2010 10:21 AM

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