ALBANY - While the Democratic presidential primary won't make it to New York for two months, voters are already settling in on who they want to win.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a native New Yorker, held a narrow 4 percentage-point lead over former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg among registered Democrats, a Siena College poll released on Monday found.
Sanders had the support of 25% of Democrats in New York, followed by 21% for Bloomberg; 13% for former Vice President Joe Biden; 11% for Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren; and 9% each for South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar.
“Bloomberg leads in New York City with Sanders second, while Sanders leads upstate and in the downstate suburbs, where Bloomberg finishes third in both," Siena College poll spokesman Steve Greenberg said in a statement.
"Bernie is trouncing with younger voters, and Mike has a commanding lead with older voters. Men side with Bernie, while women lean toward Mike."
New York's presidential primary is April 28, and it will likely be the last stand for many of the candidates because New York has the second-most delegates of any state at stake.
Voters in the heavily blue New York said in the poll they would choose any of the six leading Democratic candidates over President Donald Trump. New York hasn't picked a Republican for the presidency since Ronald Reagan in 1984.
But voters in Trump's native state overwhelmingly said they believe he is going to win re-election.
By a 62% to 29% margin, New Yorkers said they thought Trump will be re-elected — including 81% of Republicans; 73% of independents and even a plurality, 48%, of Democrats.
“While New Yorkers appear poised to give the Democrats their ninth consecutive presidential nod, they also overwhelmingly believe Trump is poised to win re-election to a second term,” Greenberg said.
By a 25 percentage-point margin, voters thought Bloomberg had the best chance to beat Trump in November nationwide, followed by Buttigieg, Biden, Sanders, Klobuchar and Warren, the poll said.
The poll was conducted Feb. 16-20 to 658 New York registered voters. It had a margin of error of 4.5 percentage points. The poll included 315 registered Democrats, and questions solely to Democrats had a 6.6 percentage point margin of error.