Donald Trump has pulled to within 6 points of Hillary Clinton in a general election, according to a new CNN/ORC poll. If you think America isn’t dumb enough to send Donald Trump to the White House, you need to think again.
Among Democrats, 53% want Joe Biden to get into the race. Bernie Sanders is gaining on Clinton but still behind, and her positive impressions continue to fade. Right now, Clinton’s best chances to win the Democratic nomination are for Biden to sit out the race.
Overall, 47% of Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters say they support Clinton for the party’s nomination. That’s down 9 points since July, and marks the first time her support has dipped below 50% in national CNN/ORC polling on the race.
At the same time, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has climbed 10 points since July and holds second place in the race with 29%. Biden follows at 14%, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is at 2%, former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb has 1% and less than 1% back former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee.
And though support for Clinton’s nomination bid has slipped, she is the candidate most trusted by Democrats on four top issues, and remains the candidate to beat in general election match-ups.
Should Biden decide not to make a run for the presidency, his supporters would largely flock to Clinton rather than Sanders, boosting her numbers. With Biden’s backers re-allocated to their second choice, Clinton holds 56%, Sanders 33%, with support for O’Malley, Webb and Chafee unchanged.