- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump frequently talks about putting his home state of New York into play in the general election, but a poll released Tuesday shows him trailing likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by 21 points in the Empire State.

Mrs. Clinton was at 52 percent support in the Sienna College poll, compared to Mr. Trump’s 31 percent support. Though still a healthy advantage, the 21-point margin was actually down a bit from Mrs. Clinton’s 56 percent to 30 percent lead over Mr. Trump in a Sienna poll released in early May.

Mrs. Clinton had an underwater 46 percent/51 percent favorable/unfavorable split, a bit worse than a 48 percent/50 percent split four weeks ago.

But Mr. Trump had a negative 27 percent/68 percent split — which was slightly better than a 26 percent/70 percent split four weeks ago.

Both Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump won support from about three-quarters of their respective parties, but Mrs. Clinton had a 9-point edge among independents, 40 percent to 31 percent.

“In a state with a two-to-one Democratic enrollment edge, Clinton is able to easily maintain a comfortable 21-point lead,” said Sienna College pollster Steven Greenberg.

“While the candidates are nearly tied upstate, Clinton has a 12-point lead in the downstate suburbs and an overwhelming 46-point lead in New York City,” Mr. Greenberg said. “Her favorability rating may be underwater by 5 points, but it’s far better than his, which is underwater by 41 points.”

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