US Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has gained a double-digit lead over his nearest rival Ted Cruz, a new poll shows.
Forty-two percent of Republicans now say they support Trump, compared with 32 percent who favor Cruz and 20 percent who prefer John Kasich, Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Friday.
Among Democrats, 53 percent of Democrats support Hillary Clinton and 43 percent support Bernie Sanders, according to the poll.
The poll from April 4-8 included 626 Republicans and 668 Democrats with a credibility interval of 4.6 percentage points.
Also, an Emerson College Polling Society poll released Friday showed that Trump has extended his lead in New York, gaining 56 percent support, followed by Cruz at 22 percent and Kasich at 17 percent.
However, the survey shows that Trump’s popularity has decreased by 8 points from the same poll released in mid-March, while people’s support for Cruz and Kasich increased by 10 and 16 points respectively.
The Emerson poll surveyed 321 likely GOP primary voters from April 6 to 7, having a 5.4 percent margin of error.
Trump, who has never held elected office, is currently leading the race for the Republican presidential nomination, despite making controversial statements about several issues.
On the Democratic candidates, Clinton leads Sanders in delegate counts, with the two now set to face off in New York State primaries due on April 19.
Sanders has condemned Clinton as an unqualified choice for presidency, saying, “Secretary Clinton appears to be getting a little bit nervous.”
“She has been saying lately that she thinks that I am ‘not qualified’ to be president. Well, let me, let me just say in response to Secretary Clinton: I don’t believe that she is qualified, if she is, through her super PAC, taking tens of millions of dollars in special interest funds. I don’t think that you are qualified if you get $15 million from Wall Street through your super PAC,” Sanders told supporters in Philadelphia last week.
He also blasted Clinton’s past policies including her support for the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 and her backing of America’s controversial foreign trade agreements.