Election 2016

New Poll Shows Sanders Pulling Nearly Even With Clinton Nationally

The 2 percent difference marks a huge rise in Sanders' popularity.

Photo Credit: Collage by Adam Johnson

As Bernie Sanders continues to dominate New Hampshire numbers, Quinnipiac University released its first post-Iowa caucus poll Friday morning, showing a drastic reduction in Hillary Clinton’s national lead over Sanders, down to just two percent. The poll surveyed 1,125 registered voters, 484 of whom were self-identified Democrats. Among the Dems, 42 percent pledged their support for Sanders compared with Clinton's 44 percent—the highest level of national support he’s received to date.

The fact that Sanders has pulled nearly even with Clinton nationally in this poll marks a steep climb. Quinnipiac’s previous poll released mid-December showed Clinton leading Sanders by 31 points.

Among the Republican field, the Quinnipiac poll showed Trump still holding his national lead with 31 percent, followed by Cruz’s 22 percent. Ben Carson managed to just scrape ahead of “No Candidate,” fetching himself 6 percent of the poll.




Robin Scher is a freelance writer from South Africa currently based in New York. He tweets infrequently @RobScherHimself.

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