Hillary Clinton’s substantial lead over Bernie Sanders in the latest national Monmouth University Poll is basically unchanged from October. Most Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters would be satisfied with Clinton as the nominee, even if they are not currently supporting her in the party contest.
Clinton currently has the support of 59% of Democrats nationwide, which is similar to the 57% support she held in October right after the first debate. Sanders gets 26% support, which is basically unchanged from his 24% support two months ago. Martin O’Malley has 4% support, up from 1%.
“Clinton successfully ran the gauntlet this fall, appearing before the Benghazi Committee and outlasting the specter of a Biden candidacy. She really hasn’t lost ground since then,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute in West Long Branch, NJ.
Four-in-five Democratic voters would be either enthusiastic (22%) or satisfied (58%) with Clinton as their party’s nominee. Just 11% would be dissatisfied and only 5% would be upset. Even a majority of Sanders supporters (59%) would be okay if Clinton ultimately won the nomination over their preferred candidate.
Personal ratings for the Democratic field have held basically steady over the past two months. Clinton scores a 73% favorable and 15% unfavorable rating now, compared to 77% – 18% in October. Sanders earns a 59% favorable and 16% unfavorable rating, compared to 60% – 11% two months ago. O’Malley has a 18% favorable and 18% unfavorable rating, with 63% of Democrats nationwide still having no opinion of him.
The top issue for Democratic voters is the economy and jobs (27% first choice / 19% second choice), followed by national security and terrorism (20% first choice / 16% second choice) and education (15% first choice / 17% second choice). The next tier of issue concerns for Democrats includes gun control (9% / 11%), taxes and government spending (7% / 11%), and social issues (6% / 9%). Immigration (2% / 5%) ranks very low on Democratic voters’ list of concerns.
A Monmouth University Poll released Monday found Republican voters are much more likely than Democrats to name national security (57% compared to 36%) and immigration (25% compared to 7%) among their top two issues. However, GOP voters are less likely to say the same about education (8% compared to 32%) or gun control (9% compared to 20%).
The Monmouth University Poll was conducted by telephone from December 10 to 13, 2015 with 1,006 adults in the United States. This release is based on a voter sample of 374 registered voters who identify themselves as Democrats or lean toward the Democratic Party. This voter sample has a margin of error of +5.1 percent. The poll was conducted by the Monmouth University Polling Institute in West Long Branch