Clinton/Sanders in Dead Heat Nationally

by Chris Kahn  |  published on February 8, 2016

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has erased Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s wide lead for the Democratic presidential nomination since the start of year, putting the two in a dead heat nationally, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.

Clinton leads Sanders 48 percent to 45 percent among Democratic voters, according to the poll of 512 Americans, conducted Feb. 2-5 following the Iowa caucus. The poll has a credibility interval of 5 percentage points.

Democrats had been supporting Clinton by more than a 2-to-1 margin at the beginning of the year. Sanders has narrowed that lead considerably over the past several weeks.

Clinton beat Sanders narrowly in the Iowa caucuses, the nation’s first nomination contest ahead of the November election, but is expected to lose to him in New Hampshire. The two rivals clashed on Thursday night in their first one-on-one debate, reflecting the tightness of the race.

There is still a wide gap between the two in name recognition nationally. Nearly a quarter of Democrats and two-fifths of Independents say they are still not that familiar with Sanders. In comparison, Clinton has almost total name recognition among voters.

  • reggie

    Ah yes, name recognition. White Water, Vince Foster, Benghazi, facilitating sale of 20% of US uranium mine stocks to Russia (Uranium One), ‘we were poor when we left the White House.’ ‘Oh, we weren’t supposed to take what we wanted on our way out?’ ‘Put my buddies in the Travel Dept.’ Oh, did I mention being fired from the Watergate investigation for lying? Oh, and that silly thing about women being equal, unless you work for her, that is. You get $0.72 for every $1.00 your male co-worker gets, but you work for HER! Isn’t that special? She can tell you to F-off or demand that you don’t look at her. ‘I’m still laughing about getting that rapist off’, the victim was only 12 (She was taped). “What difference at this point does it make.”

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