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Poll: Sanders, Clinton In Virtual Tie in California

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By    |   Thursday, 26 May 2016 07:38 AM

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are in a virtual tie in California as the contest for the largest prize of the 2016 race for the Democratic presidential nomination approaches, a new Public Policy Institute of California poll shows.

According to the poll:
  • Clinton: 46 percent;
  • Sanders, 44 percent;
  • Sanders leads with voters under the age of 45, by 66-27 percent;
  • Clinton leads Sanders by 59 percent to 28 percent with voters 45 and older.
"California's June primary finds voters with polarized perceptions that will define their ballot choices," said Mark Baldassare, PPIC president and CEO. "Most Republicans are unhappy, while most Democrats are satisfied with the political and economic status quo."

The poll was conducted of 1,704 adult California residents from May 13-22, including 1,338 registered voters. The margins of error were 3.3 points for all adults; plus or minus 5.7 points for the 552 likely Democratic voters, and 7.4 points for the 284 likely GOP voters.

Meanwhile, presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump will take the majority of the votes, with four of his former rivals, Ben Carson, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Jim Gilmore remaining on the state's ballot.

Sixty-seven percent said they will vote for Trump, and 26 percent plan to vote for someone else.

Even with the race so close in California, Clinton could still clinch the nomination on June 7 before the polls close, reports Politico, when the preferences of unpledged superdelegates are added in.

There were also several other major divides between Clinton and Sanders:
  • On ideology: "Very liberal," Sanders by 29 points;
  • On ideology:  "Somewhat liberal," Clinton, 21 points;
  • College graduates, Clinton, 19 points;
  • No college degree, Sanders, 7 points;
  • Homeowners, Clinton, 17 points;
  • Sanders, 20 points;
  • Women, Clinton, by 7 points;
  • Men, Sanders, by 4 points;
  • White voters, Clinton, 6 points;
  • Hispanic voters, Clinton, 9 points;
Meanwhile, California continues to lean Democratic, according to favorability ratings for the parties:
  • Democratic Party: 49 percent favorable;
  • Republican Party: 23 percent favorable;
  • In December, Democrats, 47 percent favorable;
  • 74 percent of Democrats have favorable view of their party;
  • 38 percent of Republicans have favorable view of their party.
And with two of the major issues in the presidential race, the Supreme Court and immigration:
  • 65 percent oppose a U.S./Mexico wall;
  • 75 percent say undocumented immigrants should be allowed to stay;
  • 46 percent approve of U.S. Supreme Court
  • 44 percent disapprove of court;
  • 51 percent say Senate should confirm Merrick Garland as new Supreme Court justice.
In the to replace retiring U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, nearly a third of likely voters remain undecided.
 

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