New Poll Shows Cuomo Holds Steady Lead Over Republicans, Paladino Closes on Lazio

August 18, 2010 Updated Aug 18, 2010 at 3:05 PM EDT

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New Poll Shows Cuomo Holds Steady Lead Over Republicans, Paladino Closes on Lazio

August 18, 2010 Updated Aug 18, 2010 at 3:05 PM EDT

LOUDONVILLE, NY (WKBW) - A new Siena Research poll shows Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino gaining on Rick Lazio, while Andrew Cuomo holds a steady lead over both Republican candidates.

Cuomo leads both Republican candidates in a head-to-head and three-way race by more than 30 percentage points, while Carl Paladino has closed the gap against Rick Lazio to just 13 points among Republicans.

Cuomo leads Lazio 60-26 percent (60-28 percent in July). Cuomo's lead over Paladino is 60-27 percent, down from 64-23 percent last month. Lazio's lead over Paladino has closed to 43-30 percent, down from 40-20 percent in July.

The research poll also shows that most New York voters prefer 'someone else' to their current senator or legislator. Only 31 percent of voters say would be inclined to vote the incumbent candidate. Republican and Independent voters are much more negative toward incumbent senators than Democrats.

34 percent of voters give their local Assemblymember an 'A' or 'B', compared to 24 percent who grade them at 'D' or 'F.' The corresponding grades for their Senator are 36 percent and 26 percent

Read the full release from the Siena Research Institute under 'Related Content.'