Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is becoming more popular among voters as he contends for the Democratic nomination in the presidential race, while Hillary Clinton's numbers are falling.
A new Gallup poll
finds that Sanders' favorability rating has doubled since March, rising from 12 percent to 24 percent. Since April, Clinton's favorability rating has slipped from 48 percent to 43 percent.
Further, Clinton's unfavorable rating is now 46 percent, leading to a net favorable rating of -3 percent — her lowest score since 2007, according to Gallup.
Regarding Sanders' numbers, 44 percent of likely voters in the Gallup poll were able to rate him, an increase of 20 percent since March — meaning he is gaining more visibility.
Other highlights from the Gallup poll:
- Among Democrats and left-leaning independents, Clinton's favorability rating has dropped from 79 percent to 74 percent since April.
- Clinton's favorability rating has fallen from 44 percent to 36 percent among independents, while 14 percent of Republicans and right-leaning independents hold a favorable view of her.
- 75 percent of women hold a favorable view of Clinton, compared to 32 percent for Sanders.
Sanders has surged in other recent polls as he contends for a spot on next year's presidential ballot.
The results of a Quinnipiac University survey
released earlier this month showed Sanders was gaining on Clinton, although he still trailed her, 52 percent to 33 percent.
Sanders' surge prompted a Clinton aide to admit the campaign is growing "worried."
Clinton, on the other hand, has been dogged by a scandal all year regarding her use of a private email address and server during her time as secretary of state. It was reported Friday morning that the Justice Department was looking into the matter criminally, a claim that was later refuted.
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