Poll shows big Clinton lead in NY

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 October 2016 at 8:05 am

Hillary Clinton has a commanding lead for president over Donald Trump in New York in the latest poll by Siena College.

The poll results, released this morning, show Clinton leading Trump, 54-30 percent, with the election about three weeks away. The poll also showed Gary Johnson (Libertarian) getting 5 percent and Jill Stein (Green Party) with 4 percent support.

Clinton’s lead is up from 51-30 about a month ago.

“New York is poised to be a blue presidential state for the eighth consecutive election,” said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg. “Clinton gets stronger support from Democrats than Trump gets from Republicans and Clinton has now opened a 17-point lead with independents, up from just two points last month.”

Clinton has a lopsided 56-point lead in New York City, and also leads by nine points in the downstate suburbs and six points upstate, Greenberg said.

“While Clinton leads among men by 16 points, she has a 31-point lead with women,” Greenberg said. “White voters side with Clinton by eight points, however she bests Trump by 74 points with black voters and by 49 points among Latinos.  She leads among Jewish voters by 41 points and Protestants by 24 points. Catholic voters are evenly divided with 44 percent each supporting Trump and Clinton.”

The poll also shows Sen. Charles Schumer with a big lead for re-election over Republican challenger, Wendy Long. Schumer is up 66-27 over Long, according to the poll, which was conducted Oct. 13-17 by telephone calls conducted in English to 611 self-identified likely New York State voters.

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