New Yorkers love their "adopted daughter," Hillary Clinton, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll
of 1,228 New York state voters that puts her several percentage points over not only all potential Democratic challengers, but also over possible Republican contenders by margins of 20 percentage points or more.
Her numbers dropped just slightly from those in a similar poll in December
, but still, Clinton "simply wipes out the presidential opposition," said Maurice Carroll, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll, which carried an overall margin of error of 2.8 percentage points.
"Not only does she dominate the Democrats, she trounces every Republican wannabe, over the magic 50 percent mark in every contest," he continued.
The matchup of Clinton and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was the closest, with her coming in over him by 54-34 percent, compared to 57–31 percent in a Dec. 23 Quinnipiac poll.
Clinton tops other Republicans by larger margins:
● 59–31 percent over Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, compared to 61–26 percent in December;
● 58–29 percent over former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee;
● 58–30 percent over former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, compared to 60–29 percent in December;
● 58–31 percent over Florida Sen. Marco Rubio;
● 60–27 percent over U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas;
● 58–31 percent over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker;
● 55–34 percent over former New York Gov. George Pataki.
The poll also showed that by a 59–36 percent margin, New York state voters have a favorable opinion of Clinton, compared to 64–30 percent in December. No Republican gets a positive favorability:
● 35–48 percent for Christie;
● 25–40 percent for Paul;
● 24–39 percent for Huckabee;
● 28–47 percent for Bush;
● 25–33 percent for Rubio;
● 21–26 percent for Walker, with 53 percent who don’t know enough about him to form an opinion;
● 18–38 percent for Cruz;
● 38–38 percent for Pataki.
But it wasn't only New Yorkers' loyalty that put Clinton over the top, as in their respective parties, "Gov. Andrew Cuomo and former Gov. George Pataki —
remember him? —
are in single digits," Carroll said.
Meanwhile, there are no close contenders to Clinton among the 521 Democrats included in the poll. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren was the nearest contender, with 11 percent, followed by Vice President Joseph Biden with 8 percent and Cuomo with 7 percent.
No other candidate topped 5 percent and 12 percent are undecided in that part of the poll, which itself carried a margin of error of plus or minus 4.3 percentage points.
Republicans in New York are evenly divided among their candidates. Out of the 327 Republicans included in the survey, Bush and Walker tied at 13 percent each; Christie at 12 percent; Rubio at 10 percent; Paul at 8 percent; Pataki and Dr. Ben Carson at 6 percent each; and no other potential candidates above 3 percent. The Republican side of the poll carried a margin of error of plus or minus 5.4 percentage points.
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