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 Elizabeth GillibrandJuan Williams: Warren on the rise 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the first Democratic showdown 2020 Democrats vow to expand abortion access at Planned Parenthood event MORE (D-N.Y.) to New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de Blasio2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the first Democratic showdown As the wealthy flee New York, poorest will be most affected Sanders: Biden 'owes the country an apology' on 'civility' remarks 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 TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates 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.