October 18th, 2010
01:12 PM ET
12 years ago

Poll: Cuomo up by more than 2 to 1 in NY gov. race

(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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  1. "I Want My Country Back" Libs Go Home

    Well I for one will say; The Democratic Party and Obambi need a little positive news.....as "little" as this is. Ther main stream media (of which CNN is the center piece) will report a little truth for a few days but by far they will continue their "love affair" with Obambi and the Liberal Left, because that is who they are! However it still amazes me that they do not get it......
    Left Wing Liberals do not understand anything about what is really going on in this country;

    1. Conservatives are really in the great majority, not Liberals, and not even "moderates"....the majority of Americans want the exact things the Tea Party wants, but the Democratic party (from Obambi down) do not believe it.
    2. This election is really not about the economy (the economy is really only a symptom of the greater problems caused by Liberalism) it's not even about the debt....
    3. This election is about the Greatness of this nation, her great history, her great people, her great independency, her great Constitution, being trashed by the Left. We are just as great, (or greater) a nation today as we were 100 years ago!
    4. This election is also about Entitlements: We the working people of this nation, who pay the largest amount of taxes, believe in a strong work ethic and that nothing is free! We are tired of people wanting something for nothing and we are even more tired of crooked politicians who want to give our hard earned money to those who want it for nothing in return!
    This country cannot:
    a. Pay lazy government workers an outrageous salary (and that same employee cannot be terminated) and they collect it for life! Why should someone in the private sector pay for/furnish thier own retirement and those same workers get up to 60 holiday days, plus sick days, plus health insurance, plus retirement equaling up to 60 +% of their highest annual salary....FOR LIFE!!! This must stop!
    b. Welfare receipients (we can go on all day with this one) but I will only site this; when Bill Clinton was forced to move to the middle after being handed a similar defeat in Congress, he initiated "Ending Welfare As We Know It" and 80 million people fell of the welfare roles immediately......no one starved, no one went without.....what they did was.....they got a job and went to work! Our welfare/entitlement society encourages slouthfulness!

    These are the reasons why the Democratic party and Obambi in particular will take such a beating in 15 days!

    October 18, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  2. Robert

    At least in New York, people have good sense. In Kentucky, Nevada, etc., we have the ignorant who are about to elect candidates who stand for amputating the Department of Education, who believe in zero regulation on business, who say abortion should be outlawed even in case of rape. If only people took their time to actually read about the candidates' positions as opposed to blindly voting for the "alternative", the country might be saved.

    October 18, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  3. Stephen

    At least one state in this mid-term insanity has some sense. New Yorkers are proving they are not as stupid some of the other states.

    October 18, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  4. stufthis

    How could 24% of New Yorkers support Paladino?

    October 18, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  5. jilli

    Not surprising at all. Paladino is a neanderthal.

    October 18, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  6. Laverne

    That's what happen when you are running against a nut job! These so called "tea partiers" are getting more nuttier and stranger by the day. People may be fed up with what's going on in Washington, but the solution is not to bring in folk that need to be on the pyschiatric ward. If people think they are having buyer's remorse now, just wait and see what you get after Nov. I got a feeling the Obama Administration will start to look real good to some folk!

    October 18, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  7. 15 Days until Socialism dies in the United States

    Looks like stupid New Yorkers want more of the same DemocRAT insanity, mismanagement and corruption. When the state goes belly up they better not get a cent of federal money.

    October 18, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  8. S. in California

    Thank you New Yorkers for having GOOD sense.

    October 18, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  9. The Unsub

    ultimately Americans do what's best!

    October 18, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |