(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.