(CNN) - The first poll of New Yorkers conducted nearly entirely since Republican Rick Lazio dropped his bid for governor indicates that state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, the Democrat's nominee, leads GOP nominee Carl Paladino 53 to 38 percent among likely voters, with eight percent undecided.
According to a Marist College Institute for Public Opinion survey released Thursday, Cuomo is capturing nearly eighty percent of the Democratic vote, just over a quarter of the Republican vote, with Independents divided between the two candidates.
Lazio, a former congressman from Long Island, announced Monday that he would not run for governor as the Conservative Party nominee. Earlier this month Paladino, a Buffalo businessman and developer, defeated Lazio 62 to 38 percent in New York's primary contest for the Republican gubernatorial nomination. Paladino enjoyed the support of many Tea Party activists while Lazio was considered the choice of establishment Republicans. But Lazio did capture the Conservative Party's endorsement, and could have continued his bid for governor. While Lazi dropped out, he did not endorse Paladino.
The winner in November will succeed Democratic Gov. David Paterson, who earlier this year announced that he would not run for a full term in office.
The Marist College poll was conducted Sept. 27-29, with 591 likely voters in New York State questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.