Siena Poll Shows Cuomo with Large Lead Over Paladino

October 5, 2010 Updated Oct 5, 2010 at 2:06 PM EDT

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October 5, 2010 Updated Oct 5, 2010 at 2:06 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The latest Siena Research Poll shows Democrat Andrew Cuomo to have a commanding lead over Republican Carl Paladino in the race for New York State governor.

Cuomo leads Paladino 56 - 32 among likely voters. The poll also shows 59% of voters have an unfavorable view of Paladino and 61% agree that he "is a loose cannon, who doesn't have the temperament to be governor."

Voters see Cuomo as better on all issues, other than property taxes and state taxes, which they view the candidates as equal.

“With four weeks until voters go to the polls, Cuomo remains in a very strong position to be elected New York’s next governor. Cuomo leads Paladino by 24 points among likely voters in a head-to-head matchup with both candidates on three ballot lines. Cuomo has a huge 70-17 percent lead in New York City, a strong 54-35 lead in the downstate suburbs and upstate voters are nearly evenly divided with Cuomo having 45 percent support and Paladino 43 percent,” said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg.

Cuomo is viewed favorably by 56 percent of voters and unfavorably by 37 percent. Paladino is viewed favorably by 30 percent and unfavorably by 59 percent.

See the full results of the poll at the Siena Research Institute website here.