Poll: Clinton Opens 7-Point Lead Over Sanders Nationally

March 3, 2016 1:24 p.m.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has widened her lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to 7 percentage points, according to an Ipsos/Reuters national poll released Thursday.

The poll showed support for Clinton at 47 percent, while Sanders stood at 40 percent. This is a substantial gain for Clinton since the Ipsos/Reuters poll conducted in mid-February, which showed her trailing Sanders 42 percent to 44 percent. This result comes in the wake of a series of major victories for Clinton in state primaries.

TPM’s PollTracker Average shows Clinton at 50.9 percent and Sanders at 36.4 percent.

The Ipsos/Reuters poll was carried out from Feb. 27-March 2. The poll surveyed 839 registered voters online with a margin of error of 4.3 percentage points.

Correction: The original version of this post incorrectly described the respondents as “likely voters” instead of as “registered voters.” It also reported the results from a subset of those surveyed, rather than from the full sample. Those numbers have now been corrected. We regret the errors.

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