Clinton leads Sanders by 12 points in NY poll

With less than three weeks to go before New York’s presidential primaries on April 19, a Quinnipiac University poll¬†of likely primary voters in New York released on Thursday shows Donald Trump with a commanding lead on the Republican side and Hillary Clinton leading Bernie Sanders by 12 percentage points among Democrats.

Clinton’s lead was narrower than the 21-point margin that Siena College reported in polls of New York voters in February and March. Quinnipiac’s results underscored the glaring contrast in the preferences of younger and older workers: Voters 44 and under support Sanders over Clinton by 63 percent to 36 percent, while 73 percent of the 65-and-older survey respondents chose Clinton. Support among white voters was evenly split, while black voters preferred Clinton by 66 percent to 31 percent.

Among likely Republican primary voters, 56 percent supported Trump, 20 percent backed Ted Cruz and 19 percent preferred John Kasich. Trump fared best with male voters and those without college degrees, but did just fine with women and college graduates: 50 percent of college graduates and 48 percent of women said they supported him over Cruz and Kasich.

Both Clinton and Sanders beat all three Republican candidates in head-to-head matchups, with Sanders doing slightly better than Clinton and Kasich coming within 5 points of Clinton in a race between the two of them.

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