Stephen Reader covers politics for It's a Free Country, WNYC's interactive politics site. He joined the station in 2010 and has also worked for Studio 360, WNYC's Peabody Award-winning show about art, culture, and creativity.
A new Siena poll of registered New York voters has Barack Obama beating Republican front-runner Mitt Romney by 25 points, and the president's favorability rating at its highest point since July.
Fifty-nine percent of voters said they would go to the polls for Obama next November, compared to 34 percent who say they'd go for Romney.
The results of Siena's "generic re-elect poll," in which voters are asked whether they would prefer to re-elect Obama or vote for "someone else," illustrate New Yorkers' continued disappointment with Republican challengers: the president beats Romney by 25 points, but only beats "someone else" by 19 points.
The healthy margin of victory for Obama in blue New York isn't the only good news for the president. Obama enjoys a 57 percent favorability rating, up from 55 percent last month, and his job performance rating is at 43 percent, up from 38 percent last month.
“His favorability is the highest it has been since July," said Siena pollster Steven Greenberg. "He is back over 50 percent on the generic re-elect for the first time since June, and he leads Romney by 25 points, with five other Republicans finishing even further back.
"Obama has majority support in every region of the state against all six [Republicans]," Greenberg continued.
A majority of New York Republicans—57 percent—believe Mitt Romney will win the GOP nomination. Only 32 percent say they support the Massachusetts governor's primary bid.