Bernie Sanders Most Popular in New York State, But Mike Bloomberg Leads in NYC: Poll

A new poll has put Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders ahead of former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg in the billionaire's own state—but, it appears Sanders has yet to win minds in the Big Apple itself.

In both New York state and city, Sanders and Bloomberg sprung ahead of former Vice President Joe Biden as the top contenders to take on President Donald Trump in the 2020 election, a new poll by the Siena College Research Institute shows.

The monthly poll, which saw 658 registered voters surveyed last week, will be released Monday morning, but was reviewed in advance by The Wall Street Journal. Of the 685 people surveyed, only 315 of self-identified Democrats were asked about their party's April 28 presidential primary in New York.

Of those who were surveyed on the primary, 25 percent threw their support behind Sanders, while 21 percent supported Bloomberg. Thirteen percent said they would back Biden, while 11 percent threw their support behind Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Both former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar saw 9 percent of support.

While Sanders held the lead in New York state, Siena poll spokesperson Steve Greenberg told The Journal that it was Bloomberg who was still the favorite in the city he once ran.

"Bloomberg leads in New York City with Sanders second, while Sanders leads upstate and in the downstate suburbs, where Bloomberg finishes third in both," Greenberg said.

Part of the difference in support, Greenberg suggested, comes down to demographics. "Bernie is trouncing with younger voters and Mike has a commanding lead with older voters. Men side with Bernie, while women lean toward Mike," he explained.

It is unclear how far ahead of Sanders Bloomberg was in New York City. Newsweek has contacted Greenberg for the full results of the poll, as well as for further comment.

Up until as recently as November, it was Biden that was leading the Democratic presidential race among New York Democrats.

The recent poll's findings are in line with Biden's general decline in the polls, with the former vice president losing ground to both Sanders and Bloomberg, who has surged ahead in support, despite having skipped the Democratic caucuses in Iowa and Nevada, as well as the New Hampshire primary.

In New York he is a well-known figure, having served as New York City's mayor from 2002 to 2013.

Bloomberg has faced backlash over some of the policies he oversaw as mayor, including his widely condemned "stop and frisk" policy, which he has expressed regret over in the 2020 Democratic presidential race.

For some his apology comes too late, with The New York Times noting that the former mayor had defended the policy, not only during his time as mayor, but also in the years following his departure from office in December 2013.

While Sanders held a narrow majority of support over Bloomberg in the Siena College poll, it was the former NYC mayor that most of the Democrats surveyed believed would have the best chance of being elected president, with 33 percent saying it was Bloomberg that had the best shot of winning against Trump.

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Democratic presidential hopefuls Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders speak during a break in the ninth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by NBC News, MSNBC, Noticias Telemundo and The Nevada Independent at the Paris Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada, on February 19, 2020. Sanders has come ahead of Bloomberg in a new New York state poll, but Bloomberg reportedly maintains a lead over the Vermont senator in NYC. MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty