Two recent national polls released on Wednesday and Thursday show Bernie Sanders leading Hillary Clinton among Democratic voters, albeit within each survey’s margin of error.
The McClatchy-Marist poll was conducted between March 29 and 31 among 497 respondents and reports Sanders with 49 percent to Clinton’s 47 percent.
Notably, 25 percent of Sanders supporters said they would not vote for Clinton in the general election if she receives the Democratic nomination, while only 14 percent of Clinton backers promised not to support Sanders in November.
McClatchy-Marist found Sanders enjoys his strongest support from voters 18-29, 76 percent to 23 percent over Clinton.
The former Secretary, not surprisingly, draws most of her enthusiasm from the 60-and-over crowd and among African Americans. Both groups back Clinton by almost two-third majorities.
On Thursday, a Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI)/The Atlantic poll was released also showing Sanders with a slight lead, 47 percent to 46 percent.
PPRI/The Atlantic was also conducted before the Wisconsin primaries, among 788 Democrats from across the U.S. who were surveyed between March 30 and April 3.
Perhaps the most surprising result found in the poll was that Clinton’s lead among Democratic female voters only stands at a two-point margin, 46 percent to 44 percent.
“(Clinton) accepted money from all those people. She doesn’t even want to fight for a $15 minimum wage,” said actress Susan Sarandon, on MSNBC.
Similar to the McClatchy-Marist poll, PPRI/The Atlantic found that Sanders leads Clinton among 18-29 aged voters, with almost 75 percent support and Clinton has a two-to-one lead with black Democrats.
While the McClathy and PPRI polls are the second and third national surveys that show Sanders leading the past three weeks, Clinton still has a 4.8 point edge in the RealClear Politics average of seven national polls.
The momentum is shifting however, as Sanders has won seven of the past eight Democratic nominating contests and is closing in on Clinton’s once seemingly insurmountable lead in the New York primary, which will be held April 19.
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