(October 20, 2015) The Washington Post headline reads: Clinton, judged winner of debate, holds big national lead over Sanders
The article cites a new Washington Post-ABC poll that was conducted from Oct. 15 to 18 among a random national sample of 1,001 adults, including land-line and cellphone respondents. They say: "The error margin is plus or minus six points among the sample of 352 Democratic-leaning registered voters." The last question on the poll shows 39% identify as Independent, 30% Democrat, 24% Republican.
Below are highlights from the Washington Post article citing the Washington Post-ABC poll of 352 Democratic-leaning registered voters:
- Clinton leads the Democratic race with the support of registered Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents by 54-23 percent. (The poll shows 56-22)
- Nearly two-thirds of Democrats predict that Clinton will be their party’s nominee (The poll shows 65% Clinton, 14% Biden, 11% Sanders)
- More than seven in 10 Democrats say that Clinton has the best chance of the party’s candidates to win the general election in November 2016 (The poll shows 73% Clinton, 21% Sanders)
- Clinton leads Sanders on who is “closer to you” on the issues by 53-36 percent.
- Clinton leads Sanders on who “understands the problems of people like you” by 51-37 percent.
- Clinton leads Sanders on who "more honest and trustworthy" by 42-41 percent.(Whites rate Sanders as more honest and trustworthy, while non-whites say Clinton is more honest.)
Below is from the sample of all 1,001 adults they surveyed:
The Washington Post article says "Clinton’s positions on two issues [Keystone and TPP] are out of step with the general public".
- 50 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents support the Keystone pipeline. (The poll shows 55% support, 34% favor, 11% no opinion)
- 50 percent Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents support Obama’s TPP trade deal. (The poll shows 44% favor, 32% oppose, 25% no opinion)
Asked "From what you've heard, read about or seen regarding the last debate, who won?" (45% Clinton, 19% Sanders)
Asked: "Who will win the general election in 2016?" (Clinton 37%, 7% Sanders)
As an aside
The Center for Public Integrity asked Joe Trippi: "What do you think would happen if Bernie Sanders beats Hillary Clinton in Iowa?"
Joe Trippi replied: "The entire Democratic establishment would come out of the woodwork to stop Bernie Sanders from being the nominee. The establishment fervently believes that a socialist cannot be president of the United States."
Just as with the establishment Democrats, the same can be said about the Washington Post, CBS and the Republicans. They wouldn't want to see a "democratic socialist" win the presidency either.