Poll: Nevada Sure to Be a Nail-Biter for Democrats

Clinton has 48% support to Sanders' 47%
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2016 12:31 PM CST
Poll: Nevada Sure to Be a Nail-Biter for Democrats
Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, left, and Hillary Clinton take the stage before a Democratic presidential primary debate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, in Milwaukee.   (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

Saturday is Democratic caucus day in Nevada, and it should be a nail-biter: The latest CNN/ORC poll finds that 48% of likely attendees back Hillary Clinton and 47% support Bernie Sanders. Clinton is doing better with women while Sanders is doing better with young people, but both white and non-white voters are split fairly evenly between the two. The economy is seen as the top issue, and 48% trust Clinton to handle it while 47% say Sanders would do a better job. Sanders' supporters, however, weren't quite as certain as Clinton's supporters that they would actually participate on Saturday. Nevada's Republican caucuses will be held Tuesday, and the poll finds that Donald Trump has 45% support, followed by Marco Rubio with 19% and Ted Cruz with 17%.

Recent polling for South Carolina's primaries, also held this coming Saturday and the following Saturday, show Trump and Clinton both holding solid leads. Looking ahead to the general election, a new USA Today/Suffolk University poll finds that in hypothetical matchups with Trump, Cruz, Rubio, and John Kasich, Sanders does slightly better than Clinton—but out of all of those hypothetical matchups, the only one a Democratic nominee managed to win was Sanders vs. Cruz. Nationally, that poll finds Clinton has 50% support of likely Democratic voters to Sanders' 40%, and Trump has 35% support on the Republican side to Cruz's 20% and Rubio's 17%. (More Election 2016 stories.)

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