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Slightly more than half of respondents to this week’s RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll would pick Buffalo multimillionaire Carl Paladino for governor, if the election were held now.
Paladino’s upset win over former Rep. Rick Lazio in last week’s Republican primary positions him to square off Nov. 2 against Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, the Democratic candidate. Forty-one percent of respondents said they would vote for Cuomo.
In a statewide Quinnipiac University poll of likely voters that was released Wednesday, Paladino trailed Cuomo by six points, 49 percent to 43 percent. A Rasmussen Reports survey released Monday showed Cuomo with a 16-point lead.
Among Snap Poll respondents, 38 percent identified themselves as Republicans and 27 percent as Democrats. Statewide, Democrats hold a 2-to-1 enrollment advantage: 50 percent to 25 percent.
Four percent of Snap Poll respondents said they would vote for Lazio, who remains on the Conservative Party line. Warren Redlich, the Libertarian Party nominee, and Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins each garnered 1 percent of the poll tally.
More than 950 readers participated in this week’s poll, which was conducted Sept. 20 and 21.
If the 2010 New York gubernatorial election were held today, whom would you vote for?
Carl Paladino Andrew Cuomo Rick Lazio
51% 41% 4%
Warren Redlich Howie Hawkins Other
1% 1% 2%
What is your political affiliation?
Republican Non-affiliated Democrat Other
38% 31% 27% 4%
If nothing else, we absolutely need a change. Radical times require radical decisions. Why not try Paladino? Could he do any worse?
-Dave Sliney, Macedon
We need a businessman in Albany, not a politician. We need change in Albany, not the same empty promises. Paterson said the other day Carl was not fit for the office-and he is? Too bad we couldn’t have Paladino/Duffy.
Westminster Real Estate Advisors
That was a no-brainer. Cuomo has effectively done nothing while attorney general. Lots of talk but little substance issues for John Q. Public. Paladino is a pro-business candidate, who at least shows some progress for real change in Albany.
-Jim Duke, Victor
It will take a lot more than another get-along Democratic governor to tame the Sheldon Silver downstate roadblock. There comes a time when an intractable problem may very well require an unconventional solution. Cuomo, Silver, Sampson and the rest of the Democratic bunch have had their way for far too long. Paladino may not be an Eagle Scout, but he offers a real change from the status quo, and that appears to be what the situation requires in the absence of real Assembly and Senate leadership.
-R. Tarantello, Tarantello & Associates
New York State is on life support, and the current government (read Sheldon Silver and others) has done nothing to address the real challenges. In my opinion, all incumbents have to be turned out of office. No exceptions! This includes someone like Cuomo, who was born and raised in the swamp also known as Albany. A person like Paladino who is not a career politician is what this situation needs.
Applied Measurement & Controls Inc.
Lazio: Drop out and support Paladino! He beat you straight up; now it’s your time to be a man and take his side instead of helping Cuomo.
-Devon Michaels, Chili
As a conservative, we need more than a typical, establishment Republican or Democrat to return New York State to its citizens.
How can I vote for Cuomo, who was in charge of HUD when loans were pushed out to unqualified people with no money down, thus creating the housing crisis? I consider him, Dodd and Frank the three people most responsible for that crisis.
Rick Lazio needs to admit he has an ego problem and get out of the race.
Ultimate Recycled Plastics LLC
New York is in real trouble. Thousands of young people are running from upstate, the budget is ballooning and the state representatives don’t know how to fix it. I don’t see it changing. My only hope is that our next governor can focus on at least one problem and get it solved.
-Kenny Harris, EPIC Advisors
If Minnesota can live with Jesse Ventura, then New York can live with Carl Paladino.
-Jim Haefner, Pittsford
All Democrats need more time to fix the Republican mess we’re in today. We need to start that time in New York State. A blind governor who was not elected not only stagnated New York State but brought us down. (There are) many issues he just doesn’t know how to fix. Cuomo knows government, knows people and knows New York State.
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