Siena poll shows Clinton, Trump favored by NY primary voters

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A Siena College poll on Wednesday showed former New York Sen. Hillary Clinton leading Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders by 10 percentage points among the state’s Democratic voters ahead of next week’s primary.

The poll showed Clinton favored by 52 percent of likely voters compared with 42 percent for Sanders, down from her lead of 55 percent to 35 percent in March.

Among likely Republican voters, the Siena poll showed New York businessman Donald Trump backed by 50 percent, followed by 27 percent for Ohio Gov. John Kasich and 17 percent for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

In Siena’s March poll, Trump had 45 percent support, Kasich and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio each had 18 percent and Cruz 11 percent.

“While Clinton continues to hold a double-digit lead over Sanders, the Brooklyn-born Sanders has tightened the race in the last month over Clinton, the twice-elected former U.S. senator from New York,” Siena pollster Steven Greenberg said.

Among voters under 35, Sanders’ support increased to 76 percent. Clinton’s had at least 55 percent support among older voters.

Most Democrats polled, 68 percent, said they thought Clinton is likely to be the next president, while 12 percent predicted Sanders and 10 percent Trump.

Among Republicans polled, 40 percent said they believe Trump will be elected president, 33 percent predicted Clinton, 8 percent said Cruz and 1 percent predicted Kasich.

The April 6-11 polls of 538 Democrats and 469 Republicans has margins of error of 4.5 and 5 percentage points, respectively.

The New York primary is April 19.

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