And this is why, if you had to give this country an enema, the process would start right here in New York…

Politics on the Hudson:

A Siena Research Institute poll released today found that Mitt Romney leads Rick Santorum in New York by 15 points, and Newt Gingrich trails Romney by 25 points. Ron Paul is 27 points behind. President Barack Obama holds leads of between 26 and 39 points over all GOP candidates, according to Siena. Romney is supported by 38 percent of Republicans, Santorum has the support of 23 percent, Gingrich has 13 percent and Paul has 11 percent.

“Each of the four Republican presidential contenders is viewed unfavorably by a majority of all New York voters. Even among just Republican voters, only Romney has a majority viewing him favorably, while Paul and Gingrich have more Republicans viewing them unfavorably than favorably,” Siena pollster Steven Greenberg said in a statement…

…Obama’s favorability rating is 61 percent to 36 percent, down from 64 percent to 34 percent in February, the poll said. Fifty-six percent of voters said they would re-elect Obama and 38 percent said they would prefer “someone else.” The split last month was 58 percent to 36 percent. The president’s favorability rating is 82 percent to 15 percent among Democrats and 54 percent to 43 percent among independents. The president has a negative rating of 26 percent to 71 percent among Republicans.

“The President enjoys solid support among New York voters, largely because there are twice as many Democrats in New York as there are Republicans. Obama continues to be viewed very differently by Democrats – who give the President an even stronger favorability rating than they give Governor Cuomo – and Republicans, who view him unfavorably by a nearly three-to-one margin,” Greenberg said.

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