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ALBANY - ALBANY -- New Yorkers have a negative view of Hillary Clinton, according to a Siena College poll released Monday. It's the first time since Siena began surveying public opinion 10 years ago that the former first lady and senator and front-runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination recorded higher negatives than positives in New York.

More New Yorkers viewed Clinton unfavorably (51 percent) than favorably (46 percent), Siena found. That's a sharp difference from July, when 56 percent of New Yorkers viewed her positively and 40 percent negatively.

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Democrats and Republicans predictably are split on Clinton, with 70 percent of Democrats viewing her positively and 86 percent of Republicans viewing her negatively. But among independent and minor-party members, 65 percent viewed her unfavorably compared to 32 percent favorably.

"For the first time ever, Hillary Clinton is under water with New York voters, facing her worst favorability rating ever in her adopted state," Siena pollster Steven Greenberg said. Clinton twice was elected as a New York senator, serving from 2001 until resigning in 2009 to become President Obama's secretary of state.

That said, in the deep blue state of New York, Clinton still easily bests any Republican presidential nominee. The same goes for Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), two other potential Democratic nominees.

Further, Democrats still strongly prefer Clinton (45 percent) to be their candidate rather than Biden (24 percent) or Sanders (23 percent).

The poll of 817 registered voters was conducted from Sept. 14-17 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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On the Republican side, Donald Trump garnered the most support (34 percent), followed by neurosurgeon Ben Carson (14 percent) and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (11 percent).

Former New York Gov. George Pataki garnered 3 percent, tying him for eighth place. Pataki is continuing his presidential campaign in the key primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire as well as appearing on national talk and news shows, despite low polling numbers even in New York.

With Michael Gormley