Monday, CNN news released a new presidential poll that shows that Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump are leading their opposition going into Super Tuesday primaries. According to CNN, “Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are poised to lead the nation’s two major parties in this fall’s presidential election, with a new nationwide CNN/ORC poll finding each well ahead of their closest competitors just as the race expands to a national stage.” For Donald Trump, the news follows a week of major endorsements which culminated in the endorsement of Senator Jeff Sessions, (R-AL), the first sitting Senator to do so.
This CNN poll was conducted by telephone February 24-27 among a random national sample of 1,001 adults. In this poll, Trump has a commanding lead. The poll reveals that Trump leads all the other Republican candidates combined. The numbers are staggering. Trump tops his nearest competitor by more than 30 points: 49 percent back Trump, 16 percent Marco Rubio, 15 percent Ted Cruz, 10 percent Ben Carson and 6 percent John Kasich. According to the poll, 78 percent of Trump’s backers say they will definitely support him vs. 22 percent who say they could still change their minds. Among those backing other candidates, 57 percent say they are committed to their chosen candidates. The poll shows the loyalty of Trump’s supporters and it points to the fact that they will actually be voters on election day.
For Hillary Clinton the polls revealed that she is in fact leading her only Senator Bernie Sanders, (I-VT) but her lead is not as large as Trump’s over his opponents. The poll shows Clinton holding a lead of 55 percent to 38 percent which is a slightly wider margin than she held in late January before any primaries or caucuses were held. According to this new poll, men, younger voters, independents and liberals are all about evenly split between Clinton and Sanders, while Clinton’s lead rests on large advantages among women, older voters, Democrats and moderates. The poll also showed though a continued problem for Clinton, her honesty. The poll shows, Sanders fares better than Clinton on honesty, 59 percent say he is more honest and trustworthy vs. 36 percent who say Clinton is. Democratic voters split on whether Clinton or Sanders better understands the problems facing people like you, 49 percent say Clinton, 48 percent Sanders but in the question of who would be a better commander in chief, Clinton held onto a lead in that question.
In the Republican race, when respondents were asked who of the five candidates is most honest and trustworthy, 35 percent name Trump, 22 percent Carson, who has largely stayed out of the mudslinging then Cruz followed at 14 percent with Cruz at 13 percent. Trump was also favored when it came to the question of who would understand the problems that the electorates face. The results were 46 percent for Trump vs. 18 percent for Cruz and 15 percent for Rubio.