Some have speculated that next Tuesday’s New York primary could well be a turning point in the Democratic race for the 2016 nomination. Recent primaries and caucuses have helped Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders build momentum as the primaries head towards the home stretch and the convention in July. Early on, it was thought that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton might have the nomination sewn up by now, but the race continues to tighten.
And that’s what makes the latest polls out of New York and California so critical. With just two days until New York votes, a new CBS News Battleground Tracker poll shows that Clinton maintains a double-digit lead in the Empire State, 53 to 43 percent. But a deeper look inside the numbers also shows that Clinton still trails Sanders on variables such as being seen as “authentic,” and also in understanding people. But Clinton has a large lead over Sanders when it comes to being specific about policies (61 percent say she is more specific) on effectiveness, and electability in the November general election.
As for the delegate-rich prize of California, the same CBS poll has Clinton leading there, too, and the margin is 52 to 40 percent. The California primary will not take place until June, but both camps are angling to try and prevail, as a big win in California would provide much-needed momentum for the Democratic convention in Philadelphia.
California shows similar dynamics in play as are found in New York. Clinton still trails Sanders on the issues of being seen as honest and trustworthy, but Clinton fares much better with older voters than with younger ones.
When questioned on specific issues which concern them, voters in both states list jobs and the economy as their top concern, followed by rights and equality, Wall Street reform, and terrorism.
Voters were also polled on the nomination process itself. Is the process fair? The majority of those who support Sanders in both New York and California think the Democrats’ nomination process is unfair, while Clinton’s tend to say it is fair. Sanders voters also do not think superdelegates–party leaders and officials who get a vote on the nomination–should have so much influence in the process of choosing the eventual nominee.
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This article was originally published by the same author at BipartisanReport.com.