(CNN) - Hours before the first and possibly the only debate in New York State's gubernatorial battle, a new poll indicates that state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has an extremely large lead.
According to a New York Times survey released late Sunday, 59 percent of likely voters in New York say they support Cuomo, the Democrat's gubernatorial nominee, with 24 percent backing Republican nominee Carl Paladino and just over one in ten undecided.
More than six in ten questioned say they approve of the job Cuomo's doing as attorney general, and by a 41 to 17 percent margin, New Yorkers have a favorable opinion of Cuomo.
Only 11 percent of voters say they hold a favorable view of Paladino, with 43 percent saying they see the Buffalo businessman and developer in an unfavorable light. Fifty-nine percent of voters in the poll say that Paladino doesn't have the right temperament and personality to be a good governor. Over the past month, some of Paladino's comments have sparked controversies, including language last week regarding homosexuality.
Polls conducted before the last controversy by CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation, Quinnipiac University, and Siena College indicted a smaller double digit lead for Cuomo than the 35 point advantage in the New York Times survey.
The New York Times poll was conducted October 10-15, with 1,139 adults, including 943 registered voters, questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.
Cuomo and Paladino will share the stage with five other candidates in Monday night's debate at Hofstra University on Long Island. They are City Councilman Charles Barron of the Freedom Party, Kristin Davis a former escort service operator representing the Anti-Prohibition Party, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins of Syracuse, Jimmy McMillan a retired letter carrier of the "Rent is Too Damn High" Party and Libertarian Warren Redlich, a lawyer from Albany.
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