(CNN) – A new poll indicates that the Democrats have double digit leads in all three races at the top of the ballot in New York this year.
According to a CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday, New York State Attorney General and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Cuomo holds a 14 point advantage over Republican nominee Carl Paladino, a Buffalo businessman and developer.
The poll indicates that Cuomo holds a 51 to 45 percent advantage among Independent voters and that one in five Republicans support him as well. Nearly two-thirds of voters 65 and older back Cuomo.
"Cuomo is beating Paladino among women by nearly two-to-one, but Paladino's has a two-point advantage among men," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "That's within the sampling error, but it suggests that men are responding to Paladino's aggressive campaign style much more favorably than women are."
Cuomo had a 15 point advantage over Paladino in a recent Marist College poll and a 24 point lead in a Siena College survey. Last month Paladino defeated former Rep. Rick Lazio by a wide margin 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.
The CNN/Time poll indicates that Cuomo's 14 point lead among likely voters grows to a more than two to one advantage among the larger sample of registered voters.
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.
According to the survey, New York's two incumbent Democratic senators are leading their Republican challengers by double digits. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand tops Joseph DioGuardi, her GOP opponent, 55 to 41 percent among likely voters. The poll indicates the two candidates are splitting independent voters with Gillibrand grabbing the support of 17 percent of Republicans.
"As you would expect, the Democrat does well in New York City, with Gillibrand winning three-quarters of the vote in the five boroughs. She also has a 13 point lead in the Hudson River Valley, the area she once represented in Congress," says Holland. "But she manages no better than a tie in upstate New York."
Gillibrand was named to replaced Sen. Hillary Clinton early last year after Clinton stepped down to become secretary of state.
DioGuardi is a former congressman and the father of former American Idol judge Karen DioGuardi. The winner in November will serve out the final two years of Clinton's term.
In New York's other Senate contest, the poll indicates that two-term Sen. Chuck Schumer leads his little known GOP challenger Jay Townsend 57 to 41 percent among likely voters.
According to the survey, 45 percent of likely voters approve of the job President Barack Obama is doing in the White House, with 48 percent disapproving. Among registered voters, 54 percent approve of how Obama is handling his duties, with 39 percent giving him a thumbs down.
The CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted October 1-5, with 1,507 New York State adults, including 1,315 registered voters and 585 likely voters questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.5 percentage points, with a sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points for likely voters.
– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report