New York Poll: GOP backs Romney, Obama leads in general
April 5th, 2012
08:26 AM ET
2 years ago

New York Poll: GOP backs Romney, Obama leads in general

(CNN) – Republican New Yorkers delivered a poll edge to Mitt Romney, ahead of the April 24 GOP primary in the Empire State.

GOP presidential frontrunner Romney received 54% support among likely Republican primary voters in the state, followed by Rick Santorum with 21%, Newt Gingrich with 9% and Ron Paul with 8%, according to the Quinnipiac University Poll released Thursday.

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Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, topped Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator, among men, 61% to 17%, and among women, 48% to 25%. He also garnered the most support among self-described conservatives and tea party members, groups Santorum has won in other early voting states.

However, President Barack Obama led his potential general election rivals by over 20 percentage points. He captured 56% support to Romney's 33% and 59% to Santorum's 30%.

Obama also beat Romney among women, 60% to 27%, men, 52% to 39% and independent voters, 45% to 37%.

The survey found New York voters approved of the president's handling of his job by the largest margin in almost a year, with a 56% to 28% approval rating.

The new figures out of the blue state are hardly surprising given Obama won the state in 2008 with 62.2% of the vote to then-Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain's 36.7%.

And the odds look good for incumbent Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who is up for reelection in November.

The freshman senator received her highest approval rating to date at 60% among likely voters, 77% among Democrats and 58% among independent voters.

She also led her possible Republican challengers by margins of two to one or higher.

Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,597 New York State voters via telephone between March 28 and April 2 with a sampling error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points. The results included 372 likely Republican primary voters, with a sampling error of plus or minus 5.1 percentage points.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • New York • Polls • President Obama
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. diridi

    Flip-Flop, Bain-Capital. He is not even worth for any "People-Elect" position. He is going to sell this nation to China. GOP already sold to Saudi. Enough of the nonsense. OK, This nation needs Manufacturing, not bankrupting KBToys, and make money. This election is all about Rich v/s Middle Class America. true.

    April 5, 2012 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  2. Al-NY,NY

    He stands as much chance of winning NY in the general election as me winning the lottery........1,000,000 to 1. He won't even win his "home" state...is that MA, or is it MI? He doesn't even know himself

    April 5, 2012 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  3. Steve, New York City

    While both candidates have their strengths and weaknesses, it seems that Obama has the edge.

    My view is that "Mr. Money Bags" is going to have a hard time trying to relate to the working class (of course, he'll get the red-neck working class vote, as those folks have been "well-conditioned" to vote against their own economic interests – not to mention that they'll probably vote for "the white guy").

    Among Romney's biggest problems – trying to explain why he has no problem tax-subsidizing the super rich (multi-millionaires paying 14%?? – wow – wish I did), and whether he can assuage women voters, after all of that nonsense he said about banning abortions, etc. – in order to curry favor with the Rush Limbaugh crowd (and other anti-science, right-wing imbeciles).

    Conversely, it would be unfair to say that Obama takes zero-blame for the economy. That being said, also hard to figure out how much of this stems from his policies, and how much from extremists on capital hill, more interested in seeing Obama fail than they are in seeing economic improvement.

    April 5, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  4. king

    Lesson mitten and his rabid repubs party want to cut away government security, and leave Americans to the win of the stock markets. They are wondering why they are posing women voters, unlike men, women likes a little security. They know if government is cut away, they will be expose to the greed of big business and the volitile stock markets. Women lesson to smooth talking politicians, but their instincts is what set them apart, they loves security.

    April 5, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  5. R.I.P. Damon

    So Pres. Obama is handily defeating his GOP rivals in one of the bluest states in the union...and this is news how?

    April 5, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  6. Dave

    We all know that Willard is BOUGHT & PAID FOR by Big Oil. He is fighting very hard for the supply from the Keystone Supply to leave this Country once it comes down from Canada. again BOUGHT & PAID FOR by big oil. In exchange for the hundreds of millions he is told to once in office have they supply go to the open market overseas instaed of staying in The US. We all know this mans history of his caring for the middle class workin folks, yea he loves them as much as that dog he put on his roof while driving down the freeway. The President is trying to make this pipeline as safe as humanly possible & thats why its taking so long to pass. He is fighting BIG OIL & the politicians that are in bed with them that are also BOUGHT & PAID FOR by them. If Mitt wins, say good bye to that supply this country needs oh so bad.

    April 5, 2012 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    So far, the republican war on : women, seniors, veterans, minorities, the poor, the middle class, workers, the auto industry, environmental protections, and college students is not helping the flip flopper.

    April 5, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  8. MaryM

    Lets see that poll again on the % of Women voters will be voting for President Obama in the General election.
    hmmmmmm, repubs, I wonder why.

    April 5, 2012 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  9. gt

    lets see gas over 4 bucks...... house prices stink.... unemployment 8 +....and you still support obama....yikes....

    April 5, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  10. Jon

    Obama ahead in deep-blue New York...in other late-breaking news, the Pope is Catholic.

    April 5, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  11. REG in AZ

    If the voters don’t get rid of the current Republicans and Tea Partiers, then this country could continue to be run by “the money”, with the politicians being their “puppets” and the voters simply being their “pawns”. “The few” (1%) would continue to greatly gain as they compete in having it all while the majority (99%), including the total middle-class, is again left struggling, which is the two-class society we are constantly being pushed into. Fault the imperfect Democrats but recognize that they aren’t the real problem, in spite of all the propaganda generated by the mega-millions, and instead clearly recognize that our problems are the real result of exploitation by “the few”, encouraged and allowed by co-responsible “puppet” politicians who serve “the money’s” interests by pushing favorable policies, excessive deregulation, lax oversight, non-enforcement and the blocking of all reforms, with it all claimed as “conservative”, with that resulting in run-away greed, gross dishonesty and self-indulgence by the advantaged few.

    Should their self-serving stubborn blocking and arrogant faulting of all efforts, their total refusal to offer any bipartisan cooperation and compromise, their constant protecting of “the money’s” interests, their intimidation of their own to squelch individual consciences and to assure complete unity behind “the few’s” interests and their insultingly offering of their “puppet” candidates who will dutifully serve only their interests not be convincing, then consider the history of repetitive crisis in savings-and-loans, banks, dot.coms, the financial, mortgage and investment industries as well as corporate corruption (like Enron) and industrywide failures – with “the few” always walking away “fat and sassy” while the majority is left with the costs and only more propaganda. With emotions checked, fears, biases, prejudices and loyalties set aside, so they can’t be used to manipulate, then there really is no doubt and the using and abusing of the people is totally obvious to any rational and objective discernment.

    The current Republican / Tea Party is literally owned and controlled by “the money”. It has been said that as such they are incapable of ever responsibly and honestly governing; the last twelve years have totally substantiated that. If the people want the Grande Ole Party back, once again with a sincere interest and conscience for the people, then their politicians and what they have become have to be firmly and completely rejected. Can the people do that? Well there will be a whole lot of money, influence and power spent to con and manipulate them not to, expended in order to protect the status-quo for “the few”, so we will just have to wait and see. Will the voters be insulted in being taken for granted or will they once again just be used and ultimately more abused?

    April 5, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    R.I.P. Damon asked on page 1:

    So Pres. Obama is handily defeating his GOP rivals in one of the bluest states in the union...and this is news how?
    ---------------------------
    Because.

    April 5, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  13. Mikey

    @gt – 24 consecutive months of private sector job growth, 4 million jobs created in two years, unemployment down from 10% peak, stock market (leading indicator) doubled in 3 years, out of Iraq, OBL gone plus 22 other top al-Queda leaders, respect in the US up worldwide...how could you not support President Obama?

    April 5, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |