(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.
Paladino is a thug.
Carl Paladino to extreme for New York
"Are you really this stupid to think that the majority of a 100 person entity would be 41 seats? Do I need to explain to you what majority means?"
Really? I mean REALLY? Look, I know sarcasm is difficult to detect in black & white, but REALLY? You couldn't put 2 + 2 together to extrapolate the cynical observation (and accusation) underlying the comment that "41 is a Senate majority"??? Do I have to explain to you what reading between the lines means?
Wouldn't it be fun to see Paladino take on the NY public employee union loafers, the thieving thugs that support Cuomo and Obama. We need more like Paladino and Christie to be back these theiving scumbags.
Palidino is the true tea-bagger – ever the angry victim, perpetually arrogant & ignorant, blatantly sexist to everyone but himself, outrageously selfish and self-absorbed – old white punk.
I hope he wins just for the entertainment of seeing the current Repub leadership wiggles and squirms as they try to control their new cadre of home-grown political terrorists.
Or......the media would like to convince the voters, that is true. It is time to start questioning a lot of these polls, when so many are totally contradictory. That implies one thing......major media bias.
A good part of nation sees Paladino for what he truly is: a racist thug, who will hopefully implode by November. However, Buffalo (or at least the Teabagging Nutters that have invaded my city) support him no matter what he does. The local newscasts have barely mentioned his horrible, racist emails, and we have an ex-Buffalo Bill defending his honor as well. He's playing to the Roman Catholic base, too. Around these parts, Carl is known as "King Carl", when in actuality, he's another black eye for our already dwindling, dying city. I've heard people where I work claim that a Paladino win will be just as good as the Bills winning the Super Bowl, or the Sabres winning the Stanley Cup.
I'm not saying Cuomo would be any better, because although I love politics, I trust no politician. But Paladino is just too extreme for any state, let alone mine.
@Sniffit – if it is not in their face, they just don't get it.....and not even then, my friend. Save some of your breath for a worthier audience.
Meanwhile.....both of these guys look like Mafia dons. It's going to be a tough choice!
New York always was one to get the best politican money could buy.Too bad they just don't understand how broke their state really is.
Good. We don't need arrogant, obstinant, racist thugs like Paladino in positions of power.
A sad choice for New Yorkers. One candidate is a loose cannon and the other will not take on the unions that are killing the taxpayers. Iit does't matter anyway, because New York State is run by the Speaker of the Assembly.
Figures this cat is from Buffalo. I'm so glad I escaped from that backwater as soon as I was old enough. Talk about a bunch of parochial, opinionated, pear-shaped real Americans. Kinda sad, though. Buffalo used to be cool before all the decent industrial jobs got stolen by the scabs in the "right to work states." Have a nice day!
I hope he wins just for the entertainment of seeing the current Repub leadership wiggles and squirms as they try to control their new cadre of home-grown political terrorists
Abso-freaking-lutely!!!!! At the very least I would be pleased to see him usurp Palin's bogus headlines with something that the GOP couldn't just quietly brush under the rug, hush-up, or justify even to most inbred of their base.