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Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton keep big leads in Siena College poll

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton hold

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton hold big leads over their competitors in New York, a new Sienna College shows. Credit: Getty Images composite

ALBANY — Donald Trump has widened his lead in New York over his Republican presidential rivals while Hillary Clinton has maintained a huge advantage over Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Democratic race, according to a new Siena College poll released Monday.

Either Democrat would easily rout any Republican in New York in the November general election, according to the poll. Separately, New Yorkers overwhelmingly think the U.S. Senate should act on a Supreme Court nomination by President Barack Obama. The Republican-controlled Senate has vowed to stall until Obama’s term expires, leaving a vacancy in the nation’s highest court.

Trump was backed by 45 percent of enrolled Republicans who participated in the survey, giving him a 27-point lead over Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who each received 18 percent. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) garnered just 11 percent. Trump’s lead increased by 9 percentage points over the last month.

“He has commanding leads with Republican men and women, as well as Catholics and Protestants,” Siena spokesman Steve Greenberg said of Trump.

Kasich showed the biggest surge among Republicans, going from 4 percent support in February to 18.

“While Kasich has the best favorability rating among Republicans and gained the most ground in the primary, he is still far behind Trump,” Greenberg said.

Clinton was supported by 55 percent of Democrats surveyed, compared to 34 percent for Sanders, the Vermont senator. The gap has remained almost unchanged since September. Clinton leads by 39 points among Democrats 55 and older, while Sanders has a 17-point lead among Democrats younger than 35.

In one-on-one matchups, Kasich fared better than any other Republican against Clinton, trailing her 49 percent to 42 percent. Clinton led Trump 57 percent to 34 percent.

If former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg enters the race as an independent, he would take slightly more votes from Clinton than Trump, according to the Sienna poll, but still would finish well behind the Democrat. In that scenario, 42 percent said they would support Clinton while 26 percent would back Bloomberg and 25 percent Trump.

About 67 percent of those surveyed said the U.S. Senate should act on a Supreme Court nomination by the president, while 28 percent said no.

Siena’s survey of 800 registered New York voters was conducted from Feb. 28 to March 3. The results for questions involving the Democratic race has a margin of error of plus or minus 6.2 percentage points; 6.7 percentage points for questions covering only the Republican field. All other questions had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.1 percentage points.

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