Cuomo Widens Lead Over Paladino in New York Governor Race, Siena Poll Says

Andrew Cuomo, the Democratic candidate for New York governor, widened his advantage over Republican Carl Paladino as Democrats led in all five statewide races, a Siena Research Institute poll showed.

Cuomo, the state attorney general, is 37 percentage points ahead of Paladino, a Buffalo real-estate developer, up from 24 points in a survey of likely voters published Oct. 5.

Cuomo leads Paladino 63 percent to 26 percent, according to today’s report. Paladino, who has apologized for comments about homosexuals, accusing his opponent of adultery, and e-mails that were called obscene and racist, is a “loose cannon,” according to 69 percent of voters.

In other contests, “the race for attorney general to succeed Cuomo is shaping up as a barn burner and clearly the closest of the statewide races,” said Siena pollster Steven Greenberg. Democrat Eric Schneiderman, a state senator from Manhattan, leads Republican Dan Donovan, the Staten Island district attorney, 44 percent to 37 percent, with 19 percent of voters undecided.

Schneiderman had a 13 point advantage in a September survey of registered voters.

“The difference is that while Schneiderman is unknown to about half of the likely voters, Donovan remains unknown to about two-thirds of voters,” Greenberg said.

In the race for comptroller, the state’s fiscal watchdog and sole trustee of its pension fund, incumbent Thomas DiNapoli leads Republican Harry Wilson 49 percent to 32 percent, with 19 percent undecided. In September, DiNapoli’s lead was 26 points.

Siena, based in Loudonville, New York, polled 647 likely voters from a sample of 1,002 registered voters Oct. 14-18. The telephone survey has a margin for error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.

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