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Opinion Savvy/Newsmax Poll: 76% of African-Americans Say Clinton Won Debate

Opinion Savvy/Newsmax Poll: 76% of African-Americans Say Clinton Won Debate
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By    |   Friday, 16 October 2015 12:55 PM

Hillary Clinton has overwhelming support from African-Americans compared to Bernie Sanders, an exclusive Opinion Savvy/Newsmax poll reveals.

Some 76 percent of African-Americans believe the former secretary of state won the first Democratic presidential debate as compared to 11.9 percent who believe the U.S. senator from Vermont did.

The full breakdown of African-American responses to the question of who won the debate is:
  • Hillary Clinton: 76.2 percent
  • Bernie Sanders:  11.9 percent
  • Undecided: 8.4 percent
  • Jim Webb: 2.4 percent
  • Lincoln Chafee: 1.1 percent
  • Martin O'Malley: 0.0 percent
"They are about as excited by Bernie as week-old fish," Matt Towery Jr. of Opinion Saavy said.

"Keep in mind about one-in-four Democratic voters is African-American. There is no way a candidate drawing 11.9 percent of the African-American vote can be a serious contender for the Democratic nomination," he added.

Towery said the poll suggests Clinton has done an excellent job of positioning herself in the African-American community as the candidate best suited to inherit the Obama mantle.

"Appealing to the African American vote is no doubt also a reason why she hugged [President Barack] Obama's policies in the debate and did not distance herself from them," Towery said.

In addition, Towery said, Clinton is likely gaining some support as a result of former President Bill Clinton's popularity in the African-American community, whereas Sanders encountered some bad press as a result of protests from the Black Lives Matter movement.

"[When] Clinton met with some of the Black Lives Matter leaders, she managed to dodge the widespread publicity of Sanders' confrontation," Towery said.

The Opinion Savvy/Newsmax poll also conducted a national survey of Democratic presidential primary/caucus voters, asking them who won the first Democratic presidential debate — and found it comes down to age:

Those over 30 saying Clinton aced it and those under 30 believing Sanders was top dog.

"Voters over the age of 30 prefer Clinton as the Democratic nominee, and likewise they overwhelmingly believe that she won the debate this week," Towery said.

"Voters under 30 prefer Sanders and believe that he won the debate, though obviously these voters are a minority.

With just over a year to go until the 2016 presidential election, the national poll found Clinton, the former secretary of state, to be the runaway Democratic front-runner:
  • Hillary Clinton: 48 percent
  • Bernie Sanders: 25 percent
  • Joe Biden (undeclared): 12 percent
  • Jim Webb: 2 percent
  • Lincoln Chafee: 1 percent
  • Martin O'Malley: 1 percent
  • Other: 5 percent
  • Undecided: 6 percent
Towery said he believes Biden has lost some ground as a result of the debate.

"Not only are his overall numbers down, but voters who watched the debate are less supportive of Biden than those who did watch," he said.

"Overall, the debate seems to have been a win for Clinton, who is polling well across key demographics."

The telephone survey of 573 Likely 2016 Democratic presidential primary/caucus voters was conducted on Oct. 14. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent points.
 
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