Clinton Leads Sanders By 9 Points In New Iowa Poll

January 21, 2016 9:42 a.m.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a nine-point lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) among Iowa Democrats, according to a Monmouth/KBUR poll released Thursday.

The poll showed support for Clinton at 48 percent, compared to 39 percent for Sanders. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley also registered an unusually high level of support at 7 percent.

Though substantial, Clinton’s lead is narrower than in the previous iteration of the Monmouth/KBUR Iowa poll, which showed her leading Sanders 46 percent to 32 percent.

Several major polls lately have shown Sanders leading in Iowa, and some others have put Clinton’s lead within the margin of error, suggesting a collapse in support for Clinton in a state where she previously had been in a strong position. This poll contradicts that narrative.

The Monmouth/KBUR poll, conducted by Douglas Fulmer & Associates from Jan. 18-19, surveyed 570 Democratic voters in Iowa by phone. It had a margin of error of 4.1 percentage points.

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