F&M Poll: Clinton, Trump Hold Onto Their Leads
That’s the conclusion one reaches when looking at the latest Franklin & Marshall poll.
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump still lead their party’s fields.
On the Democratic side, Clinton expanded her margin over Bernie Sanders from 17 to 21 points. Among likely voters, the former Secretary of State leads 51% to 29%.
Furthermore, when broken down by demographics, Hillary leads Bernie among all categories except voters under 35 years old.
Democrats still like both candidates, though, with Clinton and Sanders scoring favorability ratings of 65% and 62% respectively.
On the Republican side, Trump is holding his lead although his numbers are dipping a bit. Meanwhile, Marco Rubio and John Kasich (who have each scored prominent PA endorsements) have risen in the polls while Cruz’s standing has eroded.
There is a big gender gap in the GOP race as Trump holds a ten point lead among men but is tied with Rubio among women. The billionaire also does better with the “slightly conservative” and those that did not earn a college degree.
Finally, Trump’s favorability ratings among Republicans are actually poor. It seems one either likes him or doesn’t. Just 45% have a favorable opinion of the New Yorker compared to 42% that have an unfavorable opinion.
For Cruz the split is 48/33 while Rubio posts a solid 61/19.
This poll was conducted by the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin & Marshall College. They surveyed 486 registered Democrats and 371 registered Republican voters from February 13th to February 21st. The margin of error is +/- 3.1%.