Poll: New York is Romney's empire in primary
April 10th, 2012
08:26 AM ET
3 years ago

Poll: New York is Romney's empire in primary

(CNN) - For the second straight week, a new survey in New York indicates Mitt Romney lapping the field in advance of the Empire State's April 24th Republican presidential primary.

According to a Siena College Research Institute poll released Tuesday, 51% of likely GOP primary voters say they back Romney for their party's presidential nomination, with 18% supporting former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, 11% backing Rep. Ron Paul of Texas and 6% supporting former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

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Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who's making his second bid for the White House, is the overwhelming front runner and all but certain nominee in the Republican race.

"As the Republican Party leadership has rallied behind Romney, so too it appears, have Republican voters in New York," said Siena pollster Steven Greenberg. "Romney has extended the 15-point lead over Santorum he held last month to a now nearly three-to-one 33-point lead."

Last week a Quinnipiac University Poll in New York indicated Romney at 54%, with Santorum at 21%, Gingrich at 9% and Paul at 8%.

New York joins neighboring Connecticut and Pennsylvania, as well as Delaware and Rhode Island, in holding primaries in two weeks.

While Romney is the overwhelming favorite in the GOP primary, the poll indicates President Barack Obama with a 25 point lead over Romney in a probable general election matchup in New York, which the Republicans last carried in a presidential election in 1984.

The Siena College poll was conducted April 1-4, with 808 registered voters in New York state questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.4 percentage points, with a sampling error of plus or minus 6.6 percentage points for GOP primary questions.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • New York
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Pete

    What's that I see in front of Romney? A teleprompter? Listening to Republicans for the past 3.5 years, you'd think that the teleprompter was invented for, and used exclusively by, Barack Obama.

    April 10, 2012 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  2. Al-NY,NY

    ...and this means what? Yes he will be the nominee. No he won't win ANY northeast states in the general. Not even his "home???" state of MA

    April 10, 2012 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  3. WF

    Romney will be the next president of the USA!
    He will have the support of not only white collar, but hispanics as well.

    April 10, 2012 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  4. Alameda, Ca

    People don't remember 8-year Republican got us into this mess. 3-1/2 years of President Obama continues to deal the rejections from the GOP. Republicans are for the rich and not for us the middle, hard working Americans. Bush spent your tax$ to bomb Iraq, President Obama spends our tax$ to rebuild our country. Take you pick. Don't be racists! Support our country first.

    April 10, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  5. Sue

    Romney 2012!
    Latinos with you...

    April 10, 2012 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  6. Tony

    Romney can win blue states in the Republican primary. They are not going to help him in the general election.

    April 10, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    People are falling in line behind the chosen personhood candidate of the Kochs and Rove. It is hard to tell if they like his money laundering, corporate raiding, his promised war with Iran, the new cold war with Russia, tax cuts for the wealthy, the Romney/Ryan plan, the defunding of planned parenthood or the promise to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act. Having survived $16 million of his negative political ads against his fellow republicans in Florida, I can only say, he is not much of a business man, or much of a candidate with any plans of his own that help Americans.

    April 10, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  8. ForAmerica2012

    Romney and Obama on economy? MItt Romney's pinkie has more good business sense than Obama's entire brain!

    April 10, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  9. Just a thought

    Wow CNN, talk about false advertising. Please make mention this is about the GOP/Tea Pot primary not about the general election. RMoney has about as much chance of winning NY in the general, as does a ice-cube surviving in Hedes.

    April 10, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    New York would be a huge delegate award for whomever wins. It looks like Romney. How come no one is looking into the Romney and Ryan breaking campaign law last week by handing out sub sandwiches? I understand that there is up to a 3 year sentence. Even if Romney is convicted and given no sentence, he would still be a felon running for POTUS. Not good.

    April 10, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  11. feedupinamerica

    It's about time the GOP got behind Mitt Romney. No only will he be a great president, but his wife Ann will make a great First Lady. I wish they well in the months to come. The GOP needs to get behind the Buffet Plan now since most Americans agree with it.

    April 10, 2012 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  12. GI Joe

    Wow - 51% of the republican voters. Let's see -– they make up almost half of the U.S. Voters. Wow.

    April 10, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  13. feedupinamerica

    The GOP could pass the Buffer Plan now would only enhance Romney's chances of winning in November as well as allowing the GOP to keep control of the House and win control of the Senate. There's a time to stand your ground,and a time to play smart. This is the time for the GOP to be smart and give Americans what they want. What they want right now is to have the Buffet Plan pass. Failure of the GOP to allow the Buffet Plan to pass will not only hand the presidency to the Democratics in November, but will most likely give Democratics control of the House and the Senate.
    The I see it, It's winner takes all on the vote of the Buffet Plan. Politicans have ignored the voice of the American People long enough. It's time for the GOP to stand with the American People, and say We hear you and we are listening. A little compassion and fairness for the 99% will go along way with the American People.

    April 10, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  14. gg

    the rich will destroy the united states .and blame the greedy middle class

    April 10, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  15. Adam

    Wait a second... is that a TELEPROMPTER Romney is looking at?!?!?!?!

    April 10, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    Oh look,ANOTHER TELEPROMPTER!!
    Is it November yet?
    I'm fired up and ready to go!
    Obama 2012. Seriously America.

    April 10, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  17. v_mag

    So, we finally know who the Repugnant candidate for president is: George W. Bush.

    Oh, he may call himself Mitt Romney, but he's George W. Bush. He's from the party of Bush, he's endorsed by the Bushes, he will re-instate the disastrous policies of GWB, and he has not distanced himself one iota from GWB. Romney = Bush.

    And, crazily enough, some people will actually vote for him.

    April 10, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |