TEANECK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump shouldn’t count on New Jersey in the general election.
A recent Fairleigh Dickinson University/PublicMind poll reveals that the billionaire would lose to both Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders head-to-head.
Clinton would defeat Trump 48 to 37 percent, but Sanders holds a bigger lead at 57 to 33 percent.
“Even though it’s difficult to imagine a scenario in which Sanders would become the Democratic nominee, he’s clearly the preferred candidate in our Democratic leaning state,” Krista Jenkins, political science professor and director of PublicMind, said in a statement.
The poll found that 56 percent of women support the former secretary of state, while 49 percent of men would back Trump. Clinton does better among single women as 62 percent would support her.
Garden State millennials wholeheartedly back Sanders, as 78 percent favor the Vermont senator over Trump. Clinton only garners 52 percent of support from millennials.
“Even though Trump has longstanding connections in the state, he’s facing an uphill battle in convincing Garden State voters to support him. And, as PublicMind reported yesterday, his close connection with the governor has hurt [Chris] Christie among almost half of all respondents,” Jenkins said in a statement. “Apparently the ‘tell it like it is’ hypothetical ticket is something many in New Jersey would like to take a pass on.”
The survey polled 702 registered voters from May 18-22.
On Tuesday, Trump won the Washington state Republican primary with about 77 percent of the vote. Rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich have both dropped out of the race, but remained on the ballot in Washington and had about 10 and 9 percent of the vote, respectively.
No Democratic primary contests were held Tuesday.