- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 31, 2016

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton lead hold double digit leads in New York ahead of the Republican and Democratic presidential primary contests there next month, according to polling released Thursday.

Mr. Trump led the GOP field with 56 percent support, followed by Sen. Ted Cruz at 20 percent and Ohio Gov. John Kasich at 19 percent, according to a Quinnipiac poll released Thursday.

On the Democratic side, Mrs. Clinton led Sen. Bernard Sanders by 12 points, 54 percent to 42 percent.

“The home-court advantage helps both party’s front-runners in the presidential primaries in New York,” said Quinnipiac University Poll Assistant Director Maurice Carroll. “Donald Trump, whose name is emblazoned all over New York City buildings, trounces the other two Republicans, while Hillary Clinton, the adopted daughter from Chappaqua leads Sanders in double digits on the Democratic side.”

Mr. Trump has talked about potentially putting the state of New York in play for Republicans. But Mrs. Clinton led the billionaire businessman by 20 points in a head-to-head match-up, 53 percent to 33 percent, and Mr. Sanders led him by 24 points, 56 percent to 32 percent.

Mrs. Clinton led Mr. Cruz by 21 points, 53 percent to 32 percent, and Mr. Sanders led Mr. Cruz by 28 points, 56 percent to 28 percent.

Mr. Kasich was the closest to the Democratic candidates among the three remaining GOP contenders, trailing Mrs. Clinton by 5 points, 46 percent to 41 percent, and trailing Mr. Sanders by 10 points, 47 percent to 37 percent.

Sixty-five percent of voters also said they have an unfavorable view of Mr. Trump, with 30 percent reporting a favorable view. Mr. Cruz had a 26 percent/57 percent favorable/unfavorable split, and Mrs. Clinton had a 45 percent/49 percent split.

Mr. Sanders had a positive 54 percent/30 percent split, and Mr. Kasich had a 43 percent/18 percent split.

• David Sherfinski can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

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