Cuomo Maintains Lead in Latest Poll

October 27, 2010 Updated Oct 27, 2010 at 12:29 PM EDT

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October 27, 2010 Updated Oct 27, 2010 at 12:29 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo holds a 20 point lead over Republican Carl Paladino less than a week before the election.

The latest numbers in a Quinnipiac University poll show Cuomo ahead of Paladino 55-35 percent, with 7 percent undecided and 11 percent of those who name a candidate saying they may change their mind before Election Day.

The numbers are nearly unchanged from the October 7 survey that showed Cuomo with a 55-37 percent lead.

The numbers released Wednesday show Cuomo with the support of 19 percent of Republicans and 88 percent of Democrats. Independent voters tip slightly to the Democrat, 44-41 percent. Cuomo leads 57-30 percent among women and 53-39 percent among men.

55 percent of New Yorkers have a favorable view of Cuomo while 33 percent have a negative opinion. It's the opposite for Paladino with 29 percent of New Yorkers holding a favorable view and 53 percent negative.

The poll also shows Democrats for the U.S. Senate seats in New York to have large leads over their Republican challengers. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand leads Joseph DioGuardi 57-34 percent, while Senator Charles Schumer leads Jay Townsend 64-32 percent.

The Quinnipiac University Poll surveyed 672 likely voters in New York State and carries a margin of error of +/- 3.8 percent. Read the full poll results here.