Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton retains her national lead among Democrats a new poll says, though her lead has shrunk the size of a peanut in the past month with the prospect of a Joe Biden candidacy.
Clinton has the support of only 42% of Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters nationwide, followed by Biden at 22% and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders at 20%, according to the new Monmouth University poll. Martin O’Malley should probably cancel Christmas dinner in the Hamptons.
Looks like Biden already running. Very likely he wins nomination and be hard to beat.
— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) September 7, 2015
The former secretary of State, New York senator and first lady has lost 10 percentage points since an August survey while Biden has picked up 10 points and Sanders 4 points.
Biden, the vice president, has not announced whether he will seek the presidency.
“For a guy who is not running for president, Biden sure is making headway against the frontrunner,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute in West Long Branch, N.J. “There also seems to be an opening with the more liberal Sanders voters if Biden plays his cards right.”
As her nomination support has dropped, Clinton continues to be viewed favorably by the vast majority of Democrats, with her favorability rating unchanged from a month earlier, at 71 percent. For Sanders, his rating stands at 41 percent, with 14 percent viewing him unfavorably and 45 percent still having no opinion of him.
The poll, conducted Aug. 31-Sept. 2, included 339 Democratic or Democratic-leaning registered voters and had a 5.3-point error margin