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Latest Election Presidential polls 2016: “Democratic Results” Project Bernie Sanders Victory
- Updated: May 11, 2016
Ahead of the presidential primary Tuesday in West Virginia, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders leads Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton in the polls there. The latest survey by MetroNews found Sanders holding a four-point lead over Clinton.
Among likely West Virginia Republican voters, 57 percent said they would support Trump if the primary election were held today while 25 percent backed U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), 14 percent went for Ohio Governor John Kasich and four percent were not sure.
Repass Research and Strategic Consulting conducted the poll between Apr. 22 and May 2 prior to Cruz’s decision to suspend his presidential campaign following his loss this past Tuesday to Trump in Indiana. Kasich ended his presidential campaign a day later.
In West Virginia, “Trump leads among men and women, voters of all age categories and among independents,” said Rex Repass, CEO of Repass Research and director of the MetroNews West Virginia Poll.
In the Democratic presidential race, 47 percent of likely Democratic voters backed Sanders, 43 percent said they supported Hillary Clinton, former U.S. Secretary of State, and 11 percent were not sure.
Sanders’ strength is among people between the ages of 18 and 34.
“The key, of course, for Sanders is a high turnout with young voters, while Clinton’s support is generally older, those with a college degree or post-graduate degree and upper income Democrats,” Repass said.
The poll numbers included registered party members along with unaffiliated voters most likely to choose a particular party’s ballot. The sample size was 315 for Democrats and 228 for Republicans, Repass Research officials said, with an overall statistical error size of +/-4.0 percentage points.
Back in February, in a much more crowded Republican presidential field, Trump still lead the way with 40 percent in the poll. Kasich finished 5th behind Cruz, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) and Dr. Ben Carson.
Three months ago, the MetroNews West Virginia Poll showed a much larger difference between Sanders, 57 percent, and Clinton, 29 percent, with 14 percent not sure.