New Poll Shows Sanders Obliterating Clinton’s 31-Point National Lead

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 29, 2015. Sanders will announce his plans to seek the Democratic nomination for president on Thursday, pres... Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 29, 2015. Sanders will announce his plans to seek the Democratic nomination for president on Thursday, presenting a liberal challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton. Sanders, an independent who describes himself as a "democratic socialist," will follow a statement with a major campaign kickoff in his home state in several weeks. Two people familiar with his announcement spoke to The Associated Press under condition of anonymity to describe internal planning. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) MORE LESS
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) lags behind former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by just two points, nearly wiping out Clinton’s previous 31-point lead, according to a nationwide Quinnipiac poll released Friday.

The poll showed support for Clinton at 44 percent, with Sanders close behind at 42 percent. This represents an enormous change since the previous national Quinnipiac poll in December, which showed Clinton beating Sanders 61 percent to 30 percent.

It also represents a significant departure from most recent national polling, which has suggested Clinton holds a comfortable lead among Democratic voters even though Sanders came within a percentage point of victory in the Iowa caucuses and is a clear favorite in New Hampshire polls. TPM’s PollTracker average shows Clinton leading Sanders nationally by 50.3 percent to 37.6 percent.

The Quinnipiac poll was carried out from Feb. 2-4 by live telephone interview. Pollsters surveyed 484 likely Democratic voters with a margin of error of 4.5 percentage points.

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