Poll: Support for Clinton at 50% ahead of Massachusetts primary

Sanders leading in western Massachusetts, Suffolk poll found

Democratic presidential candidates, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, and Hillary Clinton argue a point during a Democratic presidential primary debate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

BOSTON (WWLP) – As she addressed a cheering crowd in Springfield Monday morning, a new poll from Suffolk University shows former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the lead going into Tuesday’s Massachusetts presidential primary. Clinton leads Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders by eight points, 50-42% in the survey of likely voters.

  • Hillary Clinton 50%
  • Bernie Sanders 42%

Still, Clinton’s lead over Sanders has dropped substantially since November, when she led him by 25 points. Sanders has won over many undecided voters, and has done particularly well with unenrolled voters, who are eligible to vote in the party primary of their choice. Sanders also leads among voters under 45 years old 53-46% and men 49-42%. The Vermont senator also has a nine-point lead in western Massachusetts- 50-41%.

Clinton, however, has a strong lead among registered Democrats, 57-35%, and leads Sanders in the more populated eastern portion of Massachusetts. She also holds a wide lead among non-white voters (51-29%) and among women (55-36%).

“Hillary Clinton is hovering around 50 percent, and while Bernie Sanders has come a long way in Massachusetts since his campaign began to gain traction last November, he’s still nipping at the edge of the margin of error,” said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center.

The Suffolk poll was conducted between February 25 and February 27, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.

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