Poll: Pataki, Rubio Lead GOP Field in N.Y.

Poll: Pataki, Rubio Lead GOP Field in N.Y.
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George Pataki shares the lead with Marco Rubio in the New York Republican presidential primary, while Hillary Clinton dominates her Democratic rivals with a healthy 40-point lead, according to a new poll.

The survey, conducted by Quinnipiac University, shows the former New York governor receiving support from 11 percent of GOP primary voters, tying the Florida senator.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was not far behind with 10 percent of Empire State Republicans giving him the nod. Fourteen percent said they were undecided.

The solidly Democratic state is not expected to be competitive in the general election, noted the poll’s assistant director, Maurice Carroll, but the Republican primary there “could count” in the event of a close race for the nomination.

Though Pataki, who led the state for three terms, ties or tops his rivals in New York, he does not register nationally in the RealClearPolitics polling average for the GOP primary field. He left office at the end of 2006 with low approval ratings and opted to pursue private sector work after mulling presidential runs in 2008 and 2012.

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state who represented New York in the U.S. Senate from 2001 to 2009, has the overwhelming support – 55 percent – of New York Democrats. Her closest rival is Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who only notches 15 percent. Vice President Joe Biden, who has not yet said whether he will run for president, rounds out the Democratic field with 9 percent. Thirteen percent of New York Democrats are undecided.

New Yorkers gave President Obama a split approval-disapproval rating of 47 percent-47 percent, which is indicative of a disappointing national trend for the president.

The survey of 1,229 registered New York voters, conducted May 28-June 1, has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points. The margin of error among 356 Republicans was plus or minus 5.2 percentage points, and it was plus or minus 4.4 percentage points among 508 Democrats.

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