Bernie Sanders is marching towards winning the Democratic presidential nomination, according to a Quinnipiac University poll published Friday.
The polls saw Clinton garner 44 percent of the Democratic votes, while 42 percent people voted in favor of Sanders, a remarkable rise in his poll numbers since Quinnipiac University last released its poll results towards the end of December. At the time, Hillary Clinton led by 61 percentage points to Sanders’ 30 percentage points in the national poll.
The results of the new poll will come as a major boost to senator Sanders, who has seen his campaign give Hillary Clinton a razor-sharp fight in the Iowa caucuses. He has been able to maintain a strong double-digit lead over Clinton before next week’s first primary in New Hampshire.
It is also further proof that Bernie Sanders’ momentum in the early states is certain to propel him into making strides in the latter stages of the campaign, provided he can continue to woo his voters with his issue-based election narrative.
Bernie Sanders just melted away a 30-point Hillary Clinton lead in a new poll https://t.co/qfPiTfq0ma
— Business Insider (@businessinsider) February 5, 2016
The Quinnipiac poll is the first to be released since the Iowa caucuses and could represent a trend which will later be seen in more mainstream polls, according to CNN. Having said that, almost all of the recent polls, including those conducted by the mainstream media, have seen Bernie Sanders close the gap on Hillary Clinton.
Furthermore, Bernie Sanders is now being touted as a major force in the presidential race, with the new poll showing that the Vermont senator will defeat the Republicans, barring Marco Rubio, by a landslide in direct match-ups. Sanders easily beats Donald Trump by 10 points, according to the poll, while he edges out Ted Cruz — who won the Iowa caucuses — by a 4 percent margin.
However, in the Republican race, Donald Trump still leads the pack despite the Iowa setback.
Tim Malloy, the assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said the rise of Bernie Sanders is clearly evident in the dramatically changing poll numbers.
“Democrats nationwide are feeling the Bern as Sen. Bernie Sanders closes a 31-point gap to tie Secretary Hillary Clinton.”
— Millennials 4 Bernie (@Bernlennials) February 5, 2016
The dramatic rise of Bernie Sanders could be attributed to several factors, not the least of which is the disillusionment creeping in among Democratic voters — and even some Republicans — with establishment politics.
Sanders’ constant portrayal of himself as a candidate who will break up the big banks and stop the flow of corporate money into politics has surely struck a chord with young voters, with an earlier report by the Inquisitr showing that the Vermont senator leads Hillary Clinton by an astonishing 58 percent margin when it comes to support among millennials.
Not only that, Sanders’ treatment of healthcare as a fundamental right, his vision of United States’ lasting foreign policies — which will see him vote against ground troops in conflicted lands — and his overall imagination of America as a country that goes back to its egalitarian roots has all seen him pull in a legion of supporters.
And then there have been other signs hinting towards a win for Bernie Sanders in the Democratic race. He has scored major endorsements in recent weeks with progressive groups such as MoveOn and appears on the verge of getting the hugely coveted endorsement of Elizabeth Warren, the progressive Massachusetts senator who only this week defended Sanders in light of the criticism he received from the CEO of Goldman Sachs.
More than all of that, of course, is the fact that Bernie Sanders is the first candidate in the history of the United States presidential race to have raised money from more than three million different, individual donors — a humongous achievement by any standard, and one that tells its own story.
The latest results of the Quinnipiac polls will no doubt come as a concern for Hillary Clinton, while for Sanders, it will only serve as further evidence that he needs to keep his momentum going.
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