Potential Voters View Paladino as "Loose Cannon"

October 5, 2010 Updated Oct 5, 2010 at 7:04 PM EDT

By Ginger Geoffery

October 5, 2010 Updated Oct 5, 2010 at 7:04 PM EDT

A new poll shows Buffalo businessman-turned-candidate Carl Paladino still has a lot of ground to make up in the race for Governor of New York.
Siena College polled likely voters and found 56 percent favor Democrat Andrew Cuomo while 32 percent are supporting the Republican Paladino. The poll also shows that six in ten voters view Paladino as a "loose cannon" and say he doesn't have the "temperament to be governor". That may explain why Paladino seems to be toning down his "mad as hell" persona as he makes the rounds on national television programs trying to get his message out.

"We've decided we're going to speak issues," Paladino told NBC's Matt Lauer on Today on Tuesday, "We've challenged him (Cuomo) to a debate a number of times. We're willing to debate every day from now until election day. We want to get the issues out to the people. We want him to answer for Obama-care. We want him to answer for the reckless mandates that are out there."

Paladino also said through Facebook on Tuesday that some more democrats are now on board with his campaign including Buffalo Common Councilmember Mickey Kearns.

Cuomo also picked up the endorsement of a high profile Democrat on Tuesday -- Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch. Back in 1982 Cuomo's father Mario beat Koch in the Democratic primary for Governor. Koch says Andrew Cuomo has a good plan to tackle corruption in government.