New Poll Shows Paladino Trailing Cuomo by Only Six Points

September 22, 2010 Updated Sep 22, 2010 at 8:49 PM EDT

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September 22, 2010 Updated Sep 22, 2010 at 8:49 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The race for governor of the State of New York is tightening, according to at least one recent poll.

The latest Quinnipiac University Poll released Wednesday shows Republican candidate for governor Carl Paladino trailing Democrat Andrew Cuomo by only six points. A difference that has shrunk significantly over recent weeks.

Paladino, who is being boosted by a 4-1 margin among 'Tea Party' voters, trails New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo 49 - 43 percent among likely voters.

The poll also reveals that only 18 percent of New York State likely voters consider themselves part of the Tea Party movement, but those that are back Paladino 77 - 18 percent.

Cuomo leads 87 - 8 percent among Democrats while Paladino leads 83 - 13 percent among Republicans and 49 - 43 percent among Independent voters.

"The question was whether Carl Paladino would get a bounce from his big Republican primary victory. The answer is yes. He's within shouting distance and - you can count on it - he will be shouting," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Paladino's campaign manager Michael Caputo released the following statement in response to the new poll:

"Today's Qunnipiac poll showing Carl Paladino just six points down to
Andrew Cuomo in the race for Governor proves the taxpayers of New York
are fed up, plain and simple, and they're climbing on board with Carl.
It doesn't matter the political stripe anymore - we're all taxpayers,
we're all fed up and we wall want a cultural change in Albany

No matter how you slice that poll it comes up good for Carl and bad
for Cuomo. Andrew Cuomo started this race 37 points ahead. He has
dropped 31 points. Eighty-nine percent of undecideds are familiar with
Cuomo but they are not voting for him. And Carl's momentum continues
to grow.

Most notably, the Q-poll had an immediate impact is on fundraising,
like a sudden monsoon. We've adjusted Carl's schedule accordingly
because this makes it a sudden possibility he has a shot at spending
commensurate with the Cuomo."

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg threw his endorsement behind Andrew Cuomo Wednesday, praising Cuomo's reform agenda and commitment to independent leadership.

“I deeply appreciate the endorsement of Mayor Bloomberg. He has set a national standard for independent leadership, shown unwavering fortitude when taking on powerful special interests in order to make New York City a better and safer place to live and work, and tackled enormous challenges with steadfast leadership to get results for the people of this city. From leading our economic recovery after 9/11, to cracking down on illegal gun traffickers who plague our neighborhoods, to proposing one of the boldest environmental and green energy plans for a big city anywhere in the world, Mayor Bloomberg has shown that government can work for the people and has preserved New York City as the greatest city on earth,” Andrew Cuomo said."

The Paladino camp responded to the endorsement with the following statement:

"Michael Bloomberg's endorsement of Andrew Coumo is a dog bites man story. Of course two of the biggest backers of the Ground Zero Mosque are joining hands against Carl, a staunch opponent of this insult to the American people. We knew it would chafe the Mayor-for-Life when Carl Paladino announced eight year term limits as a vital plank in his anti-corruption agenda.

His Royal Highness opposes the will of the people on the Mosque and
subverted the will of the people on term limits, so it's no surprise
Bloomberg is missing the point on this important election and climbing
into the same royal coach as Prince Andrew. One upside to this: the
two can stop passing Grey Poupon back and forth from their limousines. It's holding up traffic on Park Avenue."

Read more on the poll findings here.