Clinton Widens Her Lead Over Sanders Once Again
A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows Hillary Clinton with a wide lead over Bernie Sanders.
Though various New Hampshire and Iowa polls show the race between the two Democratic candidates tightening, this new poll suggests Clinton will find favor in later primaries. She’s leading the Vermont senator nationally by 59% to 34%, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Clinton has a strong advantage in major subgroups. With Democratic primary voters aged 50 years and up, she leads Sanders 71% to 22%. Moderate-to-conservative voters prefer her as well, leading him 64% to 24%. Among nonwhite voters, Clinton received 69% support to Sanders’ 27%. Though it’s a narrower margin, she also maintains a 15-point lead with white voters. Among self-proclaimed liberals, she beats Sanders out by 11 points.
When voters were asked whether they’d consider voting for Clinton, four out of five said they would. Two out of three said they’d consider voting for Sanders, up from just 21% in March. As for Martin O’Malley, only about 22% said they’d consider giving him their vote, while just 2% identified him as their first-choice candidate.
More than half of Democratic voters, 53%, say they’re looking for an experienced nominee over someone who would bring about significant change. Of those who prefer experience, 77% choose Clinton over Sanders. Among the 42% of voters who prefer change, Sanders leads by just 13 points.
When it comes to a head-to-head vote with GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, Sanders has a slight advantage. He beats the real estate mogul 54% to 39% whereas Clinton wins by a slightly narrower margin, with 51% to 41%.
Clinton and Sanders will face off Sunday night in Charleston for the last Democratic debate before the Iowa caucuses.