Poll: Clinton leads Sanders by 12 points in New York
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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate Heller embraces Trump in risky attempt to survive in November Live coverage: Cruz, O'Rourke clash in Texas debate MORE has a double-digit edge over rival Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate Ben & Jerry’s co-founders announce effort to help 7 Dem House challengers Dems look to Gillum, Abrams for pathway to victory in tough states MORE in a new poll ahead of New York’s Democratic presidential primary.

Clinton leads Sanders, 54 to 42 percent, among likely Empire State Democratic primary voters in the Quinnipiac University survey released early Thursday.

An Emerson College poll conducted earlier this month gave Clinton a massive 48-point advantage over Sanders, suggesting her lead might be shrinking.


Clinton is more popular with women, pollsters found, with 59 percent favoring her and 37 percent preferring Sanders.

Sanders, in contrast, has a slight edge with men, with 49 percent picking him and 46 percent selecting Clinton.

Pollsters also said that white Democrats in New York are almost evenly split over the pair.

Black Democrats, however, overwhelmingly prefer Clinton, 66 to 31 percent.

Clinton also fares well against any GOP presidential candidate in New York, a state where she once served as senator.

She beats Republican presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHannity urges Trump not to fire 'anybody' after Rosenstein report Ben Carson appears to tie allegation against Kavanaugh to socialist plot Five takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate MORE, 53 to 33 percent, pollsters found.

She would also best Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate NY Times, McCabe give Trump perfect cover to fire Rosenstein, Sessions Live coverage: Cruz, O'Rourke clash in Texas debate MORE, 53 to 32 percent, they added, and John Kasich, 46 to 41 percent.

Sanders, however, would fare better against all three Republican candidates.

His victory margin over Trump would be 24 points — 56 to 32 percent. He would also beat Cruz by 28 points and Kasich by 10 points.

Quinnipiac University conducted its latest phone survey from March 22 to 29. It has a 3.7 percent margin of error for likely Democratic primary voters and 2.4 percent for all registered voters.