Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., now leads by double digits in the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal national presidential poll, while former Vice President Joe Biden has dropped from a statistical tie to 11 points behind.
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is skipping the first four contests in favor of a $400 million media blitz and a Super Tuesday election debut, is gaining in the new poll.
This is how the candidates fare, followed by their percentages and how much they either moved up or down in their ratings:
- Sanders: 27%, unchanged.
- Biden: 15%, down 11 points.
- Bloomberg: 14%, up 5 points.
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.: 14%, down 1 point.
- Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg: 13%, up 6 points.
- Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.: 7%, up 2 points.
- Billionaire Tom Steyer: 2%, unchanged.
- Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii: 1%, down 1 point.
According to NBC, a preliminary analysis of the results shows Bloomberg and Buttigieg received the votes lost by Biden, as moderate Democrats look for a place to go in opposition to the self-described democratic socialist Sanders.
The survey asked voters how they felt about voting for a socialist and for voting for a billionaire who self-funds his campaign.
Only 16% of Democratic primary voters said they would be "very uncomfortable voting for a candidate who self-funds." The same percentage of the overall voting public felt that way.
But there was a wide disparity when the question came to voting for a socialist. While only 17% of Democrats said they would be "very uncomfortable" voting for a socialist, 46% of the overall voting public said they would be "very uncomfortable" doing so.
The poll has a 4.7 point margin of error. It spoke to 900 registered voters between Feb. 14-17.
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