Poll: Clinton leading Sanders nationally by 25 points

Clinton, Sanders spar ahead of Iowa caucuses
Clinton, Sanders spar ahead of Iowa caucuses


    Clinton, Sanders spar ahead of Iowa caucuses


Clinton, Sanders spar ahead of Iowa caucuses 03:46

Story highlights

  • Bernie Sanders beats Donald Trump by 15 points -- 54% to 39%
  • Clinton beats Sanders among voters who want an experienced candidate 71% to 30%

Washington (CNN)Hillary Clinton is leading Bernie Sanders nationwide by a crushing 25-point margin, though Sanders bests Clinton in a hypothetical general election match-up against GOP front-runner Donald Trump, two polls released Sunday by NBC News/Wall Street Journal have found.

The former secretary of state received 59% support from Democratic primary voters, while 34% support the Vermont senator. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley received 2% support.
The poll, released with a little more than two weeks to go before the first votes are cast in Iowa, also finds 79% of Democratic primary voters saying they could see themselves supporting Clinton, compared to 66% saying the same about Sanders.
    Sanders, however, beats Clinton among voters who want a candidate who will bring change to current policies, 63% to 26%. But Clinton tops Sanders among voters who want experience and a "tested" candidate, 71% to 30%.
    Overall, 61% of all voters -- including Democrats, Republicans and independents -- want a candidate who represents change, while 36% prefer experience.
    The poll finds Clinton enjoying a significantly wider lead over Sanders than a CBS News/New York Times survey released last week, which found Clinton at 48% to 41% for Sanders. This was her lowest lead since before Vice President Joe Biden announced he would not run for president.
    Sunday's poll margin is also significantly more for Clinton than a Fox News survey released earlier this month which found her leading 54% to 39%.
    One thing all three polls have in common: Clinton is leading Sanders.
    A separate poll conducted by the two news outlets also found both Sanders and Clinton easily beating Trump in a hypothetical general election match-up, with Sanders' 15-point advantage leading Clinton's 10-point edge.
    Sanders beats Trump 54% to 39%, while Clinton is up 51% to 41%.
    The poll surveying the Democratic field asked 400 Democratic primary voters and was conducted January 9 through 13 with a margin of error of +/- 4.9 percentage points. The poll asking about a general election match-up surveyed 800 registered voters and was conducted over the same period with a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percentage points.