New Yorkers prefer Gillibrand to de Blasio for president

New Yorkers prefer Gillibrand to de Blasio for president
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New Yorkers prefer Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandDefense bill talks set to start amid wall fight Democrats seize Senate floor to protest gun inaction: 'Put up or shut up' At debate, Warren and Buttigieg tap idealism of Obama, FDR MORE (D-N.Y.) to New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioNearly 60 US mayors pen op-ed backing Buttigieg's 2020 bid Gabbard drives coverage in push to qualify for October debate Poll: Biden holds five-point lead over Warren among New York Democrats MORE for president, according to a new Siena College poll

Both Democrats have anemic poll numbers and look to have little chance of winning the Democratic primary.

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But in New York, the Siena poll found both would defeat President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump conversation with foreign leader part of complaint that led to standoff between intel chief, Congress: report Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Trump to withdraw FEMA chief nominee: report MORE, another New Yorker, in head-to-head match-ups.

Gillibrand is the more popular of the two Democrats, however.

In a hypothetical match-up, Gillibrand beats de Blasio across every region of the state, according to pollster Steven Greenberg. In de Blasio's home city, Gillibrand bests him 56 percent to 29 percent, Greenberg said. 

The problem for Gillibrand and de Blasio is winning the Democratic nomination. 

An Iowa poll released by CNN and the Des Moines Register Saturday night found Gillibrand and de Blasio each polling at less than 1 percent.

They're among the majority of candidates polling at less than 1 percent, with just seven polling above 2 percent. 

Candidates will need to break the 2 percent benchmark in four qualifying polls to make it on the later debate stages, according to new Democratic National Convention requirements.