April 21, 2016

Going to Penn.Clinton Holds Double Digit Lead over Bern on New Poll

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 13:  Democratic presidential candidates U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) (L) and Hillary Clinton take part in a presidential debate sponsored by CNN and Facebook at Wynn Las Vegas on October 13, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Five Democratic presidential candidates are participating in the party's first presidential debate.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The Monmouth University Poll has found Hillary Clinton currently holds a double-digit lead over Bernie Sanders in next week’s Pennsylvania primary. 

Clinton has the support of 52% of likely Democratic primary voters in the Keystone State while Sanders’s support stands at 39%. Clinton holds a significant lead among women (61% to 32%), while Sanders leads among men (50% to 41%). Clinton also has a significant advantage among voters age 50 and older (57% to 33%) while Sanders holds a narrow edge among voters under 50 (48% to 46%).

“After her win in New York this week, these numbers in nearby Pennsylvania suggest that the entire northeast is looking pretty good for the Clinton campaign,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.

Pennsylvania is considered a swing state in the November election. The Monmouth poll finds that a small number of Democrats may defect from the party if their favored candidate does not get the nomination. If the general election is between Clinton and Donald Trump, 81% of Pennsylvania Democratic primary voters say they would commit to supporting Clinton while 11% say they would vote for Trump. If Sanders is the nominee, 78% of Pennsylvania Democratic primary voters would back Sanders while 11% would vote for Trump.

The questions referred to in this release are as follows:
(* Some columns may not add to 100% due to rounding.)
1. If the Democratic primary election for president was today, would you vote for – [NAMES

2016 Hillary Clinton 52% 
Bernie Sanders 39%
(VOL) Other 2% 
(VOL) Undecided 7%
(n) (302)

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