(CNN) - A new poll of New Yorkers indicates that state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, the Democrats' nominee, leads Republican nominee Carl Paladino 56 to 32 percent among likely voters in the state's gubernatorial battle. Eleven percent of people questioned in the Siena College survey released Tuesday say they are undecided.
Cuomo's 24 point lead compares to a 15 point advantage he held over Paladino, a Buffalo businessman and developer, in a Marist College poll released last week.
According to the Siena College survey, 59 percent of people questioned have an unfavorable view of Paladino and just over six in ten percent agree with the statement that he "is a loose cannon, who doesn't have the temperament to be governor."
The poll indicates that Cuomo has a 56 percent favorable rating, with 37 percent saying they see him in a unfavorable light.
"Cuomo leads Paladino by 67 points among Democrats, 11 points among independent voters, and trails Paladino by 34 points among Republicans. Cuomo has the support of twice as many Republicans, 25 percent, as Paladino gets from Democrats, 12 percent," says Siena College Pollster Steven Greenberg. "Those voters favorable to the Tea Party movement support Paladino 69-15 percent, while those unfavorable to the Tea Party back Cuomo 89-4 percent."
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 Siena College poll was conducted October 3-4, with 636 likely voters in New York questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3.9 percentage points for likely voters.
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