Sanders Cuts Clinton’s Lead To Single Digits In New National Polls

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After a weekend where Bernie Sanders was able to secure two out of the three states up for grabs on Super Saturday, winning Kansas and Nebraska, and then Maine on Sunday, we see him begin to close in on Hillary Clinton in a new national poll.

In the newest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, we find that Bernie Sanders is now within single digits of Clinton. This comes just after his decisive Maine victory of Sanders’ 64.3 percent to 35.5 percent for Clinton.

Clinton’s lead in the national poll was 11 points in February, and 24 points in January. The former secretary of state currently has the support of 53 percent of Democratic Primary Voters to Sanders’ 44 percent, narrowing that lead to just 9 points.

Gender and age preferences seem to be clear as well.
Clinton has the support of 65 percent of those 50 and older, 63 percent of those who are non-white, 61 percent of women voters and 60 percent of self-identified Democrats.

However, Sanders leads with 59 percent of Independents, 56 percent of self-identified liberals, and 60 percent of people younger than 50.

The poll was conducted March 3-6 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.84 percentage points. It is also worth mentioning that the Wall Street Journal tends to favor Clinton and NBC/WSJ Polls normally get data from Hart Research Associates whose CEO, Geoff Garin, acted as Clinton’s co-chief strategist and pollster for the latter part of her 2008 campaign.

Also, a new national ABC News/Washington Post poll has Sanders coming within 7 points of Clinton.

This comes just ahead of the Michigan and Mississippi Democratic primaries tonight, where Sanders still trials Clinton, and after the recent Democratic debate in Flint, Michigan.

Mike A. Hewlett

Mike Hewlett is currently serving as Politics and Policy Chairman for Memphis Forward, a city organization working toward progressive policies in the Memphis area. Mike has worked for the Bernie Sanders campaign in Field Organizing and Communications at the Memphis, TN campaign office.