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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is gaining fast on front-runner Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential race and has moved within single digits of her for the first time, a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll showed on Friday.

Clinton leads Sanders nationally among Democrats by eight percentage points, 39 percent to 31 percent, her smallest cushion since the nominating battle began for the November 2016 election. She led Sanders by 20 percentage points in the online poll a week ago. (Reuters/Ipsos poll:

Clinton’s support among Democrats has steadily eroded for weeks amid questions about her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state. Her support was at 45 percent one week ago.

Clinton apologized for the email practice earlier this week, but the controversy has helped knock her support among Democrats to its lowest level since Reuters/Ipsos began polling on the 2016 election almost three years ago.

Sanders has galvanized the party’s left-leaning activists and primary voters and taken advantage of what other polls show are Clinton’s declining ratings on honesty and trustworthiness to surge into contention. He was at 25 percent support in the rolling, five-day Reuters/Ipsos poll a week ago.

Other public opinion polls show Sanders moving into the lead or tied with Clinton in Iowa and New Hampshire, the states that kick off the nominating contest.

Clinton’s troubles also have given rise to a possible late entry from Vice President Joe Biden, who says he is evaluating whether he and his family have the energy and commitment for a presidential race after the recent death of his son Beau.

Biden is in third place at 16 percent in the Reuters/Ipsos poll, about where he was a week ago.

John Myers, a South Carolina Democrat who participated in the survey, said he is tentatively backing Biden to represent the party in the November 2016 election but there are too many unanswered questions to be sure.

“I’m really kind of up in the air,” Myers said. “I want to see what Biden does, and I want to see where this goes with the Clinton email situation.”

The Reuters/Ipsos poll surveyed 668 Democrats Sept. 7-11 and had a credibility interval of 4.4 percentage points.

For more on the 2016 presidential race, see the Reuters blog, “Tales from the Trail” (

(Reporting by John Whitesides; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

Photo: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) takes part in a rally to preserve union pensions on Capitol Hill in Washington September 10, 2015. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

  • Budjob

    Lets go BERNIE.A true champion of the working woman,and, man!! Come on folks,let us get vocal about supporting a man that is,finally,honest,and concerned about the plight of this country,and the middle class!!

  • Dominick Vila

    Will the fact that Bernie is leading in New Hampshire and Iowa be enough for the “liberal” media to pay attention to what he is saying, and the way he articulates his vision? I certainly hope so.
    As opposed to Trump, Sen. Sanders articulates his opinions like an adult should. He does it forcefully, clearly, and very often spontaneously. His AUTHENTICITY is not based on his ability to insult, threaten, sue, or ridicule others. He speaks from the heart, from experience, and bases his conclusions and vision on careful analysis of issues, rather than demagoguery designed to feed garbage to radicals to gain their support. Judging by the large crowds that welcome him, and his message, everywhere he goes, he deserves to be taken seriously. He has demonstrated that he is an intelligent, mature, experienced, honest, candidate for the Democratic party nomination and the presidency.

    • bcarreiro

      Well said once again. What can Sanders accomplish with a one-sided Congress that Obama has tried to do? Trump is one of the major causes to the demise in this country and I can only hope he falls flat on his face like his tower in Dubai.

      • Dominick Vila

        Sooner or later Republicans in Congress are going to run out of excuses to justify their obstructionism, and the damage it is causing to our economy, job creation, our infrastructure, ability to compete, and standard of living.
        Bernie Sanders has an ability to put things in perspective, and in a way that people can understand and sympathize with. Having charisma is a key component of governance. Getting the backing of the people is the easiest way to get a do nothing Congress, and those whose idea of governing is to destroy everything that helps the middle class and the poor, moving.

    • Budjob

      Dominick,You stated that Bernie articulates his opinions like an adult.He most certainly does,as opposed to DT,who has no opinions,only insults!!

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  • Otto Greif

    It will be fun watching him lose to Trump.

    • johninPCFL

      Yeah, but complicated. All of the Dems I know are switching party affiliation ahead of the coming primary to vote for Trump and all of the Repubs are doing the same to vote for Sanders.

      Seems like everybody is taking Limbaugh’s Operation Chaos to heart this go-around!

    • charleo1

      Trump who? Mark my words right here. Trump will not win the GOP nomination. Establishment Republicans control the money, the Party, the Right Wing Press, and the process. The base may have their meaningless revolution. It’s all about who controls the GOP. And I believe the powers that be decided on Bush a long time ago.

  • Whatmeworry

    Much to do about nothing. Neither has a snow balls chance in hell of winning

  • Andrew Freeland

    As a liberal Democrat who thinks winning the election is as important as making a noble statement, I’m still for Clinton. How much good is a McGovern-style loss by Sanders going to do?

    • S1AMER

      1972 is also the first thing that comes to my mind. It will be a national tragedy if a Republican moves into the White House in 2013.

    • guest444555

      Me too.

      New poll released showing Hillary beating all republicans in a general election.

      Clinton 53%, Trump 40%

      Clinton 50%, Rubio 44%

      Clinton 49%, Bush 45%

      Clinton 52%, Cruz 41%

      Democratic presidential candidate would resoundingly carry the Latino
      vote over the current Republican front-runner if the 2016 election were
      held today, according to the latest MSNBC/Telemundo/Marist poll released

      In a hypothetical general election match-up, leading
      Democrat Hillary Clinton would trounce Trump 69%-22% among Latino
      voters. Against Vice President Joe Biden, who has not yet said whether
      he plans to run, Trump would still perform poorly – 71% to Biden’s 20%.

      latest poll results are exactly the scenario that Republican elites had
      hoped to avoid in the 2016 election. Trump is ranking even worse than
      Mitt Romney’s disastrous showing among Latinos seen in the 2012
      election, when he earned just 27% of their support. The Republican
      National Committee very publicly stated in its autopsy report following
      the election that it was imperative for the party to win over Latinos in
      order to remain competitive in the next presidential race.”

  • S1AMER

    You can’t call him “Democrat Sanders.” Yes, he’s running for the Democratic nomination — but in the past he’s refused to join the party and call himself a Democrat.

  • Budjob

    Bernie Sanders is this countrys last best hope folks!! BERNIE 2016!! Thank you.