Hillary Clinton has a commanding lead over the Democrats who are challenging her for the presidency, but 62% of Democrats still want her to be tested in the primary.
Clinton gains the support of 75% of Democrats while Sanders receives 15%. Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb gets 4% and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley gets a paltry 2% in a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, which was conducted June 14-18.
Republican pollster Bill McInturff said Clinton’s standing among Democrats is “the strongest and most advantageous” he has seen for any candidate before a primary since 1980. Though 58% of Democratic primary voters in the poll considered Clinton a “moderate,” 71% of liberals still support her as their top choice in addition to 91% of minority Democrats.
Though Sanders does not poll well in national polls against Clinton, he has closed to within 10 points in two recent New Hampshire polls and came within 8 points of Clinton in a recent straw poll at the Wisconsin Democratic convention. Clinton’s allies have even started to lower expectations for her, saying they would not be surprised if Sanders won either Iowa or New Hampshire.