New poll: Clinton’s lead over Sanders strengthens

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U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton listens during the Community Forum on Substance Abuse at The Boys and Girls Club of America campaign event in Laconia

According to Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register poll, the former Secretary of State and leading candidate of the Democratic party maintains, and even strengthens, her lead over close rival, Bernie Sanders. This is according to surveys released on Monday in the first caucus state of Iowa.

Clinton earned 48 percent, followed by 39 percent for Senator Sanders. Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley picked up 4 percent, while 6 percent said they were uncommitted and 2 percent said claimed not to be sure.

In the last survey in October, Clinton earned 48 percent and Sanders with 41 percent showing a slim margin that has been consolidated on this month.

According to another poll by Fox News, Clinton polled 50 percent over Bernie Sanders 36 percent.

In favorability ratings, both candidates had overall net positive scores. Sanders’ numbers stood at 80 percent to 12 percent, while Clinton’s scored 82 percent to 14 percent. Des Moines-based Selzer & Co. conducted the survey from December 7-10, polling 404 likely Democratic caucus-goers, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.

On a national scale, Hilary grabbed an impressive 56 percent over Sanders’s 37 percent in a poll by NBC News/Wall Street Journal.

O’Malley earned 4 percent in this survey conducted December 6-9, interviewing 1,000 adults nationwide, featuring a margin of error of plus or minus 3.36 percentage points.