(CNN) – A new poll shows former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney leading the GOP presidential field by a wide margin in New York, but a majority of voters statewide said they would choose to re-elect President Barack Obama if the election were held today.
Romney, who's making his second bid for the White House, was the choice of 32% of Republican voters in the state, double the support of businessman Herman Cain, who was second at 15%, according to a Siena College Research Institute poll released Tuesday.
And while Romney has the support of less than a third of Republicans in the Empire State, more than half believe he will win the party's nomination.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who's shown a recent surge in national polls, came in third with 12%. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann all tied at 9%, with 15% of those surveyed saying they had no opinion.
While Romney polls high in New York, he is in a virtual tie with Gingrich nationwide. According to a new CNN/ORC International Poll out Monday, Romney took 24%, while Gingrich took 22%, a margin well within the sampling error.
And while Obama carried New York in 2008 with 62% of the vote against Republican Sen. John McCain, the Siena poll revealed the president has less support today.
Fifty-seven percent of registered voters said they hold a favorable view of the president, but a slight majority - 51% - said they would vote for him. Still, those results mark an uptick for Obama, who crossed the 50% re-elect threshold for the first time since June, according to the institute's polling.
He also carries a wide lead over Romney in a hypothetical matchup, 59%-34%.
Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who's also up for re-election, appears to be in safe standing - 53% said they would vote for the one-term senator, while 30% said they would opt for a different candidate.
The Siena College Research Institute surveyed 803 New York State registered voters by telephone November 8-10 and November 13, with a sampling error of 3.5 percentage points.