Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is bearing down on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to a nationwide NBC/WSJ poll released Thursday, although Clinton retains a double-digit lead.
The poll showed support for Clinton at 53 percent, while Sanders stood at 42 percent. This 11-point margin has shrunk substantially since the previous NBC/WSJ poll in January, which showed Clinton beating Sanders by 59 percent to 34 percent.
This change is consistent with most nationwide polling, which has shown Sanders narrowing the wide gap that had previously separated him from the frontrunner in nationwide polls before his win in Hew Hampshire and razor-thin loss in Iowa.
TPM’s PollTracker Average shows Clinton at 50.2 percent and Sanders at 41 percent.
The NBC/WSJ poll was carried out by live telephone interviews from Feb. 14-16. Pollsters surveyed 400 likely Democratic voters, with a margin of error of 4.9 percentage points.