Monmouth Poll: Clinton has 57% support among Dems

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Clinton continues to dominate the field for the Democratic nomination.  She currently has the support of 57% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters nationwide, which has changed little from the 60% support she registered two months ago.  Trailing far behind are Vice President Joe Biden (12%), Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (12%), former Virginia Senator Jim Webb (2%), and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley (1%).  Lincoln Chafee, the former Republican senator and governor of Rhode Island who officially entered the 2016 fray as a Democrat two weeks ago, earns 0% in the poll.

“Clinton’s reputation has taken a battering recently, but the Democratic base has stood behind her,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute in West Long Branch.

Sanders and O’Malley have officially announced their candidacies, but most Democrats feel they wouldn’t have as much of a chance as Clinton in defeating the eventual Republican nominee next year.  In fact, 6-in-10 Democratic voters say that Sanders (59%) and O’Malley (60%) would have a worse chance than Clinton in the general election.  Only about 1-in-4 say Sanders would have either as good a shot (15%) or better (13%) than Clinton.  And a similar number say O’Malley would have either as good a shot (15%) or better (8%).

Currently, 78% of Democratic voters have a favorable opinion of Hillary Clinton while just 12% hold an unfavorable view.  This is basically identical to her 76% to 16% standing in April.  Joe Biden earns a 62% favorable to 18% unfavorable rating among Democrats, similar to his 65% to 22% result in the prior poll.

Fewer than half have an opinion of Bernie Sanders, who clocks in with a 29% favorable to 18% unfavorable rating, which is similar to his 30% to 12% rating in April.  Even fewer – only about 3-in-10 – Democrats have an opinion of the rest of the field.  Martin O’Malley holds a 13% favorable to 18% unfavorable rating, which is actually worse than the 21% to 12% rating he earned before formally getting into the race.  Jim Webb has a 9% favorable to 20% unfavorable rating, similar to the 14% to 18% rating he held in the last poll.  Lincoln Chafee, making his first appearance in the poll, earns a 9% favorable to 18% unfavorable rating among Democratic voters nationwide.

The Monmouth University Poll was conducted by telephone from June 11 to 14, 2015 with 1,002 adults in the United States.   This release is based on a voter sample of 350 registered voters who identify themselves as Democrats or lean toward the Democratic Party.  This voter sample has a margin of error of + 5.2 percent.  The poll was conducted by the Monmouth University Polling Institute in West Long Branch, NJ.

The Monmouth University Poll was conducted by telephone from June 11 to 14, 2015 with 1,002 adults in the United States.   This release is based on a voter sample of 350 registered voters who identify themselves as Democrats or lean toward the Democratic Party.  This voter sample has a margin of error of + 5.2 percent.  The poll was conducted by the Monmouth University Polling Institute in West Long Branch, NJ.

Monmouth Poll: Clinton has 57% support among Dems