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Poll: Sanders Takes 14-Point Lead Over Clinton in NH

Poll: Sanders Takes 14-Point Lead Over Clinton in NH

By    |   Tuesday, 12 January 2016 01:49 PM

Sen. Bernie Sanders has opened up a 14-point lead over rival Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary race in New Hampshire, a new poll shows.

In the Monmouth University survey released Tuesday, the Vermont lawmaker has 53 percent support, the former secretary of state has 39 percent and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley collects 5 percent.

The poll's margin of error is plus or minus 4.8 percentage points.

It's the second survey released Tuesday to put the lefty lawmaker in the lead as primary and caucuses loom.

Sander held a 5-point lead over Clinton in a Quinnipiac University poll of likely Democratic caucus-goers in Iowa released Tuesday.

And like the Quinnipiac poll, the results from the Monmouth University survey show Sanders has enjoyed a recent surge in support that's fueled his jump into the lead.

In a November Monmouth University poll, Clinton led Sanders 48 percent to 45 percent.

"New Hampshire Democratic preferences are getting baked in, with Sanders gaining the upper hand," Patrick Murray, director of the university's Polling Institute in New Jersey, said in a statement.

"The final question will be who does a better job at turning out their respective voting blocs."

In other findings, the poll shows:
  • Sanders now leads Clinton among women and those aged 50 and older, 50 percent to 44 percent; in November, Clinton held that group's support, 56 percent to 37 percent.
  • Sanders also leads among voters 50 and older, 50 percent to Clinton's 44 percent; Two months ago, Clinton held the age 50 and older group by a 56 percent to 38 percent margin.
  • 52 percent of those surveyed said they were completely decided on the candidate they will support on Feb. 9, while 32 percent indicated a strong preference, 8 percent said they had a slight preference and 8 percent said they were undecided.
  • 50 percent of Democrats in New Hampshire feel former President Bill Clinton will help his wife's chance of getting elected; just 12 percent say he hurts her prospects; 32 percent believe he'll have little impact either way.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders has opened up a 14-point lead over rival Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary race in New Hampshire, a new poll shows.
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