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Andrew Cuomo Crushing Carl Paladino in New York Governor's Race

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Republican strategist Matthew Dowd said on Sunday that people are so angry at the Democrats, they're willing to vote for candidates that may seem beyond the political pale, like Delaware's Christine O'Donnell. But if Carl Paladino, the outspoken and controversial Buffalo millionaire running for New York governor, was counting on that formula working for him against Democrat Andrew Cuomo, he looks to be out of luck.

A New York Times poll conducted Oct. 10-15 shows Cuomo with one of his biggest leads yet, running ahead of Paladino by 59 percent to 24 percent among likely voters, with 6 percent liking neither man or not planning to vote, and 12 percent undecided.

The revolt in other states against "insiders" isn't affecting Cuomo. He holds his lead even though 70 percent consider him an Albany insider while 53 percent see Paladino as an outsider.

Sixty-one percent are dissatisfied with New York's problem-plagued state government and 21 percent describe themselves as angry about it, but that isn't helping Paladino much.

Carl PaladinoWhen voters are asked the first thing that comes to mind about Cuomo, the most-frequently mention (by 31 percent) is his father Mario, the former governor. The top thing that comes to mind about Paladino, putting aside "other" or "don't know," is that he is angry and has a temper (as a New York Post reporter discovered when Paladino threatened to "take you out, buddy!"). Nine percent picked that characteristic.

Fifty-nine percent do not believe Paladino has the right temperament to be a good governor, compared to 23 percent who do, with 18 percent undecided. By comparison nearly three-quarters believe Cuomo has the right temperament.

While 72 percent think Cuomo, the state's attorney general, has the right experience to be governor, voters say Paladino does not by a margin of 55 percent to 22 percent with 23 percent undecided.

Nearly 9 out of 10 voters believe Cuomo understands the complicated problems with which a governor has to deal while, by a 47 percent to 42 percent margin, they do not believe that of Paladino.

Only 11 percent of voters see Paladino favorably while 43 percent see him unfavorably with the rest undecided or saying they don't know enough about him. Forty-one percent regard Cuomo favorably with 17 percent seeing him unfavorably. The rest are undecided or don't know enough about him to express an opinion.

Dissatisfaction with the economy isn't helping Paladino. Seventy-nine percent describe it as fairly or very bad. Fifty-three percent think that won't change with Cuomo as governor, and 41 percent say it will stay the same under Paladino, but 29 worse believe it would get worse under Paladino compared to 10 percent who say that about Cuomo.

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billkeigans

Makes No difference to me, I'm still voting for Paladino for his honest and correct morals veiws.

October 18 2010 at 4:19 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
truthforfreedom

Too bad for NY. Why is it some people, like Paladino, have the need to open their mouth when they shouldn't. In this anti Republican anything climate, it is best to be quiet.

October 18 2010 at 1:36 PM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
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jgb662

And you would be happy voting for the fool with his mouth shut, but you know nothing about, such as Palidino? This is the problem with the Republican Party. They got us in this mess, they don't know how to get us out and they blame everyone but themselves - when they put moronic candidates like Peter King and Palidino and Palin and Angle and O'Donnell up for office! A vote for the Republicans is a vote for America to Fail.

October 19 2010 at 11:51 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
guttersnipe

The Cuomo Family has been POS incorporated for about 35 years.

October 27 2010 at 9:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jlopesconcrete

Andrew Cuomo is responsible for the legislation that led to the sub prime mortgage crisis. Imagine what he will do as governor? NY state is in big trouble and we need a change from the "status quo." Sound familiar? It should.

October 18 2010 at 1:25 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
ziegler21wp

Andrew, I hope you realize just how lucky you are. If you got your choice of an opponent in the gubernatorial race, you couldn't have picked a better one. Gotta love it.

October 18 2010 at 1:02 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
plansmaker

Sadly, Carl Paladino sealed his own fate by unpolished, poor on camera moments. New York deserve a better govenor than son of Mario Cuomo Dynasty or Paladino a man with 2x4 in his hands...

October 18 2010 at 12:05 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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ziegler21wp

Yes, Andrew has his issues but he is smart, knowledgeable about government and New York State and pragmatic. If anyone has the ability to get some control on New York State government, it is Andrew Cuomo.

October 18 2010 at 1:08 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
jgb662

LOL. Cuomo will fix the mess that the GOP has gotten New York into.

October 19 2010 at 11:53 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
lucyod

Stay on subject which is NYS Governor. Cuomo is just the same old thing in Albany and I was glad when we got rid of his father. The Democrats in Albany have made us a welfare state and the few hard working middle class are going broke. Albany is chasing businesses out of our state and we are going bankrupt. This my fellow voters are what you are refusing to change by putting another Cuomo in office. GOD help us survive if we love NYS and want to stay here.

October 18 2010 at 11:30 AM Report abuse +13 rate up rate down Reply
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jgb662

LOL>Pataki gave corporate welfare to Palidino - Palidino is an idiot. Sour grapes because the more qualified and educated Cuomo is crushing this teabagtard is reason to celebrate. God help those people that would have seen an Angle or O'Donnel or Joe Miller in Alaska! They can't balance their own checkbooks and are using their campaign funds to support themselves!!!

October 19 2010 at 11:56 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
eyeforeye42

Id rather vote in a hack than a downstate city slicker. Our last AG was a hypocrite. Paladino isn't polished but I'd go for a 1 termer than for a king who won't get out

October 18 2010 at 11:25 AM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
playrfire

Good luck NY, grew up in the fine state of tax & spend. NY is a gorgeous state, but many are leaving as they cannot afford to stay there. Businesses are gone, and not coming back because of the tax rates. The property/school taxes are incredibly high, jobs are scarce, and this election is a no win for either side. I am talking about the whole state, not just NYC. Always in my heart NY....

October 18 2010 at 11:23 AM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
thirdherdnerd

Is anybody suprised that NY is voting big gov't Democrat ticket straight down the line? NY is a perfect example of an electorate which has found it can vote itself money from the public coffers and I am sure I will never see that change in my lifetime. The NY's and CA's of this country are going to have to be allowed to go bankrupt and default on all the promises they have made before the voters will finally wake up in those states. NY and CA have Ponzi Schemes in place that make Bernie Madoff look like a rank amateur.

October 18 2010 at 10:01 AM Report abuse +11 rate up rate down Reply
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jgb662

Says a Teabag supporter of a Corporate Welfare Candidate in Palidino. You do remember the damange of the Pataki years - we here in NY do. Screw Palidino - you don't vote for stupid and the Republicans are celebrating ignorance as a birth right - Bush, Palin, Quayle, Palidino, O'Donnell, Angle, Joe Miller, Vitter, Ensign, Gingrich - damn!! Is it any wonder the 2000-2008 nightmare almost plunged us into the dark ages!!

October 19 2010 at 12:01 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
JOAN AND BRUCE

the people of this country might have a big shock on nov 2. the press and republicans think they have this in the bag, but when people really think at the voting booth about what the republicans did during the 8 years of gw bush dragging this country into the toilet they might think twice about going through a republican run country again.lose of #ss , va benifits and medicare might make them really think hard, i know i wont vote for a republican as i need my #ss when its my time to get it. also our brave troops ,who they plan on cutting benifits to, and the millions of elderly people that need medical help. BE REAL SURE WHEN YOU VOTE WHAT YOU ARE VOTING FOR!!!!

October 18 2010 at 9:49 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
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exnyorker

Voters should not behave like spoiled impatient children having temper tantrums. Voters should ratioanlly think through their decision before casting their ballot. Currently, too many voters are angry and impatient and behaving like brats rather than adults.

October 18 2010 at 11:01 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
dc walker

....people conveniently forget 9/11. Another president would have had to do the same thing. We were attacked. 3,000 Americans had to decide whether to jump out of a window or fall back into a cauldron. Bush, and I didn't vote for him, had to secure government buildings, nuclear power plants, railroads, airports, military installations, embassies, that cost money. He had to set up new offices to scrub manifests of cargo and pax around the world. Yes its easy for those to sit back and say Bush screwed things up that's because they listen to CNN. Democrats don't have an edge on helping the elderly or the poor they just choose to do it the most expensive way they know how.

October 18 2010 at 11:30 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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