WASHINGTON (UPI) — A new poll suggests an increasing generational split between Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders in their race for the Democratic presidential nomination.
The poll, commissioned by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal, has the former secretary of state leading the race nationally by 9 percentage points. Clinton’s strength comes primarily form older voters and, in particular, older women, the poll shows.
For Sanders, the Vermont senator, his support is dominated by younger voters.
The NBC/Wall Street Journal poll gives Clinton 53 percent support nationally, to Sanders’ 44 percent. The spread is all the more noticeable when the voter’s age and gender are taken into account. Among those 50 and older, Clinton leads Sanders with nearly two-in-three voters picking her. Among women age 50 and older, that support increases to nearly three-in-four voters.
Sanders, meanwhile, leads Clinton among independents, 59 percent to 35 percent, self-described liberals, 56 percent to 42 percent, and those younger than 50, with 60 percent to Clinton’s 38 percent.
The poll was conducted March 3 to 6. It surveyed 410 Democratic voters. It has a margin of error of 4.8 percentage points.
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