JUST IN: Fresh Polls From New York Show This Candidate With A New 12 Point Lead


Bernie Sanders has won seven of the past eight primaries and caucuses. According to a new Monmouth University poll released Monday, Sanders has now closed Clinton’s New York lead to 12 points, in spite of nearly overwhelming media support for the former Secretary of State.

The Vermont senator had this to say about the way media treats him:

‘So when, you have headlines in the Washington Post, ‘Clinton questions whether Sanders is qualified to be president,’ my response is well, you know, if you want to question my qualifications, let me suggest this.’

‘That maybe the American people might wonder about your qualifications, Madam Secretary, when you voted for the war in Iraq, the most disastrous foreign policy blunder in the modern history of America.’

On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” co-host Mika Brzezinski endorsed Clinton with an embarrassing enthusiasm:

‘I would vote for you if you won. Gosh….There was nobody who was more impressed with you than me and Joe.”

Leading newspapers crowned Clinton the nominee. The Orlando Sentinel said this:

‘”The gap between the two candidates in support from those who have worked with them is vast, and suggests Clinton is far more likely to actually get things done,” wrote the Orlando Sentinel.’

The Chicago Sun-Times cast a Sanders’ win as “impossible:’

‘Where Sanders has called for what is surely impossible, Clinton has called for the tough but possible.’

So how does Sanders stack up against Clinton among the various New York subgroups? The most recent Monmouth University poll’s results read:

  • For likely Democratic primary voters, Clinton holds 51 percent of the vote compared to Sanders’ 39 percent.
  • Sanders leads Clinton among non-Hispanic white primary voters, 48 to 46 percent.
  • Among black, Hispanic, and other voters, Clinton leads 62 to 22 percent. Voters age 50 and older, support Clinton, too, as well as those under 50. There, Clinton wins with a small lead, 45 to 43 percent.
  • When it comes to electability, 84 percent of Democratic voters say they would back Sanders against Republican front-runner Donald Trump. A mere 6 percent would vote for Trump. Clinton shows up less well in the polls, winning 79 percent of the Democratic voters, and 9 percent would vote for Trump.
  • When asked how the former Secretary of State did as their senator, 70 percent considered her to have done “a good or excellent job as senator.”

The Monmouth University poll was conducted via telephone from April 8 to 10. However, the sampling was small, with 302 voters likely to vote in New York’s Democratic primary. In addition, the margin of error is high, 5.6 percent.

Clinton’s eight-year run as New York senator has given her strong name recognition, which Sanders still fights for.

New York is rich in delegates, so Clinton hopes to close the nomination deal with a strong New York win. Sanders plans on using his momentum from wins in seven of the previous eight contests.

After winning in Wyoming, Sanders appeared on “This Week” and said:

‘There’s no question I think the momentum is with us.’

The election comes down to electability and more media objectivity.

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H/T: Monmouth University poll.