Poll: Sanders Gains Ground But Clinton Still Ahead By 7 Points

March 8, 2016 9:58 a.m.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues to enjoy a wide lead in the presidential primary contest among Democrats nationwide, even as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has narrowed the gap between them to single digits, according to an ABC/Washington Post poll released Tuesday.

The poll showed support for Clinton at 49 percent, while Bernie Sanders was at 42 percent. This indicates a significantly tighter race since the previous iteration of the same poll was carried out in late January, showing support for Clinton at 55 percent to Sanders’ 36 percent.

Most recent polling has shown Clinton in the lead by a wider margin, however. TPM’s PollTracker Average shows Clinton at 51.8 percent and Sanders at 38.9 percent.

The ABC/Washington Post poll was carried out from March 3-6. Pollsters surveyed 356 registered voters who intend to vote in the Democratic primary, using live phone interviews, with a margin of error of 6 percentage points.

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