Siena Poll: 61% Say Paladino A ‘Loose Cannon’ Without Temperament To Be Governor

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October 5, 2010 7:31 a.m.

A new Siena poll of likely voters has found Democrat Andrew Cuomo leading Republican Carl Paladino 56%-32% in the race for New York governor.

In addition, the poll finds that 61% agree with the statement “Carl Paladino is a loose cannon, who doesn’t have the temperament to be governor,” compared to 34% who disagree.

The previous Siena poll, from Sept. 21, showed Cuomo ahead of Paladino and Rick Lazio (who has since dropped out) 57%-24%-8%.Paladino has gotten a lot of attention recently for exhibiting some, well, “loose cannon”-like behavior. A video of Paladino threatening to “take out” New York Post editor Fred Dicker went viral, and Paladino’s conflicting claims about an unsubstantiated Cuomo affair received plenty of scrutiny.

The TPM Poll Average shows Cuomo leading 53.2%-37.7%.

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