Poll Crowns Trump the Most Authentic New Yorker - Which Makes a Lot of Real New Yorkers Cringe

Three of the presidential candidates have close ties to New York, and are hoping to leverage that into primary votes on Tuesday. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was born and raised in Brooklyn, but decamped to Vermont as a young man. Hillary Clinton represented New York for eight years as a senator. But Donald Trump, alone, has spent most of his life in New York City, In Queens as a young where he was born, and in his Fifth Avenue more recently. In the past few weeks, they've all tried to come across as the best New Yorkers they can be, sometimes stumbling — whether it’s former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton riding the subway, Senator Bernie Sanders rallying the Bronx or GOP hopeful Donald Trump talking about his favorite pizza places.


Trump, who loves to win, can declare victory in yet another contest. 

Overall, 41 percent of registered voters in New York say Trump is the most “real New Yorker” out of the three candidates. He was far ahead of the other two: 25 percent select Sanders, and 23 percent choose Clinton.

But an NBC News/WSJ/Marist New York poll shows that party affiliation plays a big role in people's views of who is the New Yorkiest. Among Republicans, 76 percent believe Trump is the true New Yorker, compared to just an incomprehensibly high 22 percent of Democratic voters.

Meanwhile, just 8 percent of Republicans choose Clinton as the most authentic New Yorker, compared to 36 percent of Democrats. Another 8 percent of Republicans select Sanders, versus 33 percent of Democrats.

Independents fall in between. 44 percent view Trump as the real New Yorker, while 27 percent say it’s Sanders and 16 percent say Clinton.

Along with party identification, political ideology matters, too. Forty percent of liberals deem Sanders the real New Yorker, and 29 percent favor Clinton. Only 21 percent of liberals consider Trump to be the most authentic New Yorker.

Weigh in on a nonscientific Twitter poll.

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