Poll: Obama tops Romney by nearly 2 to 1 in N.Y.
September 13th, 2012
10:34 AM ET
2 years ago

Poll: Obama tops Romney by nearly 2 to 1 in N.Y.

(CNN) - No surprise here!

In the battle for the White House, New York remains dark blue.

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According to a new Quinnipiac University poll, 62% of Empire State likely voters say they're backing President Barack Obama, with 34% supporting Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

The survey, released Thursday, indicates the president leads Romney by 35 points among women and by 20 points among men. Obama tops the former Massachusetts governor by 19 points among independent voters.

"The only reason President Barack Obama or Gov. Mitt Romney will come to New York is to raise money. Unless something unforeseen happens, the poll numbers say it's an Obama blow-out," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Besides his usual close to unanimous vote in the black community, Obama also carries the white vote in New York. Men like him a lot; women like him even more."

President Ronald Reagan's victory in New York in 1984 was the last time a Republican carried the state in a presidential election. Obama won 63% of the vote in New York in his 2008 victory over Sen. John McCain.

Twenty-nine electoral votes are at stake in New York.

The poll indicates that the state's U.S. Senate contest could also be a landslide for the Democrats. According to the survey, incumbent Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand leads GOP challenger Wendy Long 64%-27% among likely voters.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted September 4-9 (during and after the Democratic convention), with 1,486 likely voters in New York questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Polls • President Obama
soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. mainAH

    This does not surprise me at all, considering that New York is a very blue state. This isn't news to me.

    September 13, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  2. truth hurts

    this is news??? what next cnn? california is also solidly blue and texas is solidly red?!! slow news day i guess. or just trying to bolster obama's image maybe?

    September 13, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  3. DL

    I live in New York City and have yet to meet a person voting for Romney. I am sure they exist but they are like unicorns. Everyone has heard of them yet nobody has actually seen one. New Yorkers are smart people! Obama all the way!!!!

    September 13, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  4. myviewis

    Did someone really think that New York would go for Romney???? These are the people who needed the government to make a decision for them to not drink a 16oz sugary drink which is why it is now prohibited to drink a 16oz sugary drink in New York. How dumb can they be????????

    September 13, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  5. Thom Hartmann

    And this is before the Romney meltdown on Libya!

    September 13, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  6. Mike

    Oh my gosh! New York going to Democrats ? What a freaking news flash. Any city that's stupid enough to elect Michael Bloomberg multiple times exists in an alternative reality from the rest of the country.

    September 13, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  7. Vern Levy

    Isn't NY the state that elected the carpetbagging H CLinton?...and tried to throw out Chick-Fill-A for owner speaking free as is his right?

    September 13, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  8. Michael

    No suprise! I just cannot believe these so called conservatives, evangelical, rightwing, radical liars, pretenders, deceivers, I think If Jesus Christ could be tempted to believe in abortion, that is to abort everyone these hypocrites, they would have never been born to lie, cheat, steal, deceive, misrepresent, mislead anyone in this world! Just think, what Mormons believe (check their doctrinal stance not their media dissertation), is that Jesus Christ brother is Satan! IT’S REMARKABLE FOR A SOCALLED CHRISTIAN CONSERVATIVE TO SUPPORT A PERSON WITH THIS VIEW! THAT MEANS THE ANTICHRIST WILL BE A REPUGLICAN CONSERVATIVE! All we have to do is look at Sam Bacile, Pastor Terry Jones of Gainesville, Fla, Morris Sadek, a conservative Coptic Christian in the U.S. whose behind the film which is responsible for deaths of Americans!

    September 13, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  9. Anonymous

    helen

    I wonder who they are polling? I don't know ONE Democrat who is voting for Obama again, that includes my elderly mother who is a lifelong Dem. She is voting for Romney. She is what pollsters call a "1" voter meaning the Dems can always count on her coming out to vote. They have not polled her.
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    I'm sure in your mind you were hoping to make some sort of meaningful point there, helen, but to be honest ... it, well, it missed it's mark by 2:1.

    September 13, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  10. Urnso

    This exposes the charade of democracy. A New Yorkers vote doesn't count unless it is for a democrat. Even though over 1/3 of NY will likely vote for Romney, Obama will get all of the electoral votes.

    September 13, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  11. Rudy NYC

    New York is also a state that pays more in federal taxes than what it receives in federal funds.

    September 13, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  12. Jon

    Interesting that CNN response to Romney leading in the national polls again, is that NY is going to vote for Obama. Whether Obama wins NY by one vote or 100 million votes, he will get all the electorial votes for the state. So why would Romney spend any money in New York for votes?

    September 13, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  13. RealityBites

    Meanwhile..., out here in Reality.
    400,000 Chicago children miss another day of school while Obama's opinion on the Teacher strike evolves..

    September 13, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  14. ray

    This from the same people who elected Bloomberg and a transplant Clinton to the senate, why is this news worthy at all, GUESS WHAT you can have all of them, most of us down here in alabama, kentucky, south carolina, tennessee, georgia etc. don't really give rats butt who you vote for any way I mean look at the filth and corruption you call a city.

    September 13, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  15. soprano39

    I actually know of some New York city folks who are quietly voting for Romney. One is a doctor who is mightly opposed to ObamaCare. Another is an older person who work up and realized that her dividends on which she relies for income, are going to be taxed as income not the current 15% (hidden in Obamacare). But it does not matter – NY was always blue. It wouldn't matter if 100% of them voted for Obama.

    September 13, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  16. Duh

    New York is a blue state? Really??? Well now that’s ground breaking news.. Next you will be telling us all that 16oz sodas are illegal there too.. thanks Captain Obvious. What’s more shocking is that you were able to pull off five paragraphs of nonsense about this.

    September 13, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  17. California Gary

    At the rate the Romney/Ryan ticket is going........it won't be long before it is 2 to 1 in every state other than the Tea Party dominated regions. Anyone with a brain who might have supported the GOP in other times is doing the moonwalk away from this particular ticket. Their latest outburst and blaming of Obama for events in Egypt and Libya has clearly demonstrated they are not ready to step up on the world stage. There is much more to being president than just cutting a tax break for rich friends.......excuse me, job creators.

    September 13, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  18. Joe Blowe Sr.

    Juliani and Trump are voting for Romney

    September 13, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  19. soprano39

    By the way, the only reason I can think of that CNN bothered to write this story is so they could put yet ANOTHER pretty picture of Obama on their web page. It is becoming the worship site.

    September 13, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  20. Fair is Fair

    It's NEW YORK... what do you expect???? I can't believe that anyone would even bother spending the cash to conduct this poll. Why don't you go conduct one in Oklahoma and see of it's 2 to 1 for Romney??? Ridiculous.

    September 13, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  21. Artur

    Reading "News" like this one make everybody understand better CNN. No wonder CNN is losing viewers and readers everyday. CNN is becoming a bad copy of MSNBC and Huffington Post. Such a shame.

    September 13, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  22. Will

    NY? CNN is this news? I would think there would be plenty of things to talk about besides what everyone in the free world already knows.

    September 13, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  23. Griff.

    "Dreaming!!!! CNN Dreaming!!!!!!

    September 13, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  24. Really?

    DL – I live in NY, but not NYC. Generally, when people get away from the city and find out what the "good life" is they realize they've been deceived by all the liberal thinkers that run the education system and media. They are ashamed of their ignorance and indebtedness to the "progressive machine". The ones that have a brain convert to reality; the others...well...I suppose they inebriate themselves and hope they can survive.

    September 13, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Jon

    Interesting that CNN response to Romney leading in the national polls again, is that NY is going to vote for Obama. Whether Obama wins NY by one vote or 100 million votes, he will get all the electorial votes for the state. So why would Romney spend any money in New York for votes?
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    Which poll is that with Romney "leading in the national polls"? Again?

    Why would Rmoney spend money in NY for votes? For the same reason that he's spending money in NH and MA.

    September 13, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
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