National polls show it’s still clear sailing for Hillary

National polls show it’s still clear sailing for Hillary

Some­times politi­cians get in­to a tough po­s­i­tion with no easy way out, and their best op­tion is just to plow straight ahead. Hil­lary Clin­ton is now in such a po­s­i­tion.

The most reput­able Iowa caucus polling this month shows Clin­ton with a very nar­row lead over Bernie Sanders. TheDes Moines Re­gister/Bloomberg News sur­vey, con­duc­ted by the highly re­garded Des Moines-based Ann Selzer, shows the former sec­ret­ary of State with a 2-point lead over the sen­at­or from Ver­mont among likely caucus at­tendees, 42 to 40 per­cent. The NBC/Wall Street Journal/Mar­ist poll, which is con­duc­ted by Mar­ist Uni­versity and in my opin­ion is the best of the uni­versity-af­fil­i­ated polls, pegs the Clin­ton edge at 3 points, 48 to 45 per­cent. A Quin­nipi­ac Uni­versity sur­vey gives Sanders a 5-point lead, 49 to 44 per­cent.

In New Hamp­shire, the NBC/WSJ/Mar­ist poll puts Sanders up by 4 points among likely primary voters, 50 to 46 per­cent. Two oth­er polls that I view with some skep­ti­cism give Sanders big­ger leads. Fox News shows him up by 13 points, 50 to 37 per­cent, and Mon­mouth Uni­versity puts him ahead by 14 points, 53 to 39 per­cent.

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