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    After debate, Trump still tops SC GOP presidential race

    Poll: Trump at 35%; Cruz and Rubio follow with 18% each

    Democratic frontrunner Clinton leads Sanders by 21-point margin

    Sanders making gains among critical African-American voters, but still trails by 40 points

    February 15, 2016

    Donald Trump still is leading the S.C. Republican presidential race after the weekend’s explosive GOP debate in Greenville.

    But the race for second place in Saturday’s primary appears to be narrowing.

    Behind Trump, who has 35 percent support in a new poll, U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas are tied for second place — at 18 percent each, according to a Public Policy Polling survey released exclusively Monday to The State.

    Ohio Gov. John Kasich is in fourth at 10 percent support, followed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, tied with 7 percent support each.

    Public Policy interviewed 897 likely GOP primary voters Sunday and Monday – the first look at how after Saturday night’s Republican presidential debate affected the race. The poll has a margin of error of 3.3 percentage points.

    The GOP poll suggests Trump’s debate performance – in which he criticized former President George W. Bush for the 2001 terror attacks – may not be hurting the frontrunner in a state that has deep ties to the Bush family.

    The poll also suggests Rubio could be closing the gap on Cruz, who has finished second to Trump in seven out of the eight S.C. polls taken in 2016.

    Clinton still leading

    In the Democratic race, frontrunner Hillary Clinton still holds a double-digit lead — 55-34 — over U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, according to a separate poll of 525 likely Democratic primary voters.

    Sanders and Clinton are tied among white S.C. voters, the poll said. But Clinton has a strong lead among African-American voters, expected to make up more than half of Democratic primary voters. Among those voters, 63 percent said they back Clinton compared to 23 percent for Sanders.

    Fourteen percent of black Democratic voters said they were undecided.

    Sanders has managed to close the gap on Clinton, according to the poll. In November, Clinton led Sanders 86-11 among African-American voters.
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    Obviously enough people just aren't getting the word on Rubio ...... either that or they just don't care!

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    Trump and Sanders rose to new heights in our latest national survey. (Images via Flickr)
    Poll: Wins Push Trump, Sanders to New Heights

    Reid Wilson | February 12, 2016
    After winning New Hampshire’s presidential primaries by wide margins, New York real estate magnate Donald Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders are soaring to new heights among their respective party’s voters, a new Morning Consult poll finds, signaling momentum as voters in new states prepare to weigh in.

    Trump, who doubled his nearest rival in Tuesday’s vote, attracts 44 percent of the vote among self-identified Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, the highest level of support he has achieved in a Morning Consult survey.

    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who won the Iowa caucuses and finished third in New Hampshire, clocks in second with 17 percent of the vote, followed by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, both at 10 percent. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush takes 8 percent, while Ohio Gov. John Kasich wins 4 percent.
    February 10-11, 2016 February 3-7, 2016 February 2-3, 2016
    Donald Trump 44% 38% 38%
    Ted Cruz 17% 17% 14%
    Ben Carson 10% 9% 9%
    Marco Rubio 10% 15% 12%
    Jeb Bush 8% 6% 5%
    John Kasich 4% 2% 2%
    Someone Else 1% 6% 12%
    Don't Know/No Opinion 6% 8% 8%
    Trump’s support comes disproportionally from independent voters (47 percent), those who characterize themselves as something other than conservative (47 percent) and those without a college education (49 percent). Nearly half of voters who say their top priority is national security choose Trump as well.

    Cruz draws most heavily from conservatives, and from evangelicals. Rubio does best among Republican voters who make more than $100,000 a year; 18 percent of those voters back the Florida Republican.
    More than six in 10 Republicans have favorable views of Trump (67 percent), Rubio (62 percent) and Cruz (61 percent), the poll found. Trump’s favorable ratings are largely static, while Republican voters have registered increasingly optimistic impressions of both Rubio and Cruz in recent weeks.

    On the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wins 46 percent of the vote, just seven points higher than Sanders’s 39 percent — the largest percentage the Vermont independent has ever notched in a Morning Consult survey.

    Sanders leads by a significant 55 percent to 36 percent margin among voters between 18 and 29 years old, while Clinton does best among those over 65 years old. Sanders leads among independents, while Clinton holds a 13-point lead among Democrats, results that closely mirror exit polls from Iowa and New Hampshire.
    February 10-11, 2016 February 3-7, 2016 February 2-3, 2016
    Hillary Clinton 46% 50% 51%
    Bernie Sanders 39% 37% 35%
    Someone Else 8% 5% 6%
    Don't Know/No Opinion 7% 8% 8%
    Tellingly, Sanders has seen a boost in the number of voters who see him favorably, especially among Democrats. More Democrats now say they see Sanders favorably, 78 percent, than those who say the same of Clinton, 75 percent. Until now, Clinton has enjoyed an edge in favorable ratings among her party’s voters.

    Sanders is the only candidate in the field, in either party, who is seen favorably by a majority of voters.

    But Sanders must still make inroads among non-white voters, who play increasingly large roles in states next up on the nominating calendar such as South Carolina, where more than half the Democratic electorate will be African American, and Nevada, where Hispanics dominate. Clinton leads among black voters by a 63 percent to 26 percent margin, and among Hispanics by a 52 percent to 44 percent edge.

    Both Sanders and Trump saw significant gains after their wins in New Hampshire. Trump’s support jumped six points, from 38 percent in a tracking poll conducted before New Hampshire voters went to the polls; Sanders edged up two points, while Clinton’s support fell four points, from 50 percent.

    The Morning Consult survey polled 1,600 registered voters on Wednesday and Thursday, for a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points. Subsamples of 811 Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents and 710 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents carry margins of error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points and 3.7 percentage points, respectively.
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