WBUR poll shows Trump leading in Mass. primary, Clinton with slight edge over Sanders

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Just days ahead of Super Tuesday, a new WBUR poll shows Donald Trump maintaining his hold over Massachusetts voters while Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders remain locked in a tighter race.

Trump leads the Republican primary poll with 40 percent of the vote in the state, more than doubling Marco Rubio and John Kasich’s support; the two came in tied at 19 percent. Ted Cruz and Ben Carson aren’t fairing so well among Bay State voters, who supported the candidates at just 10 and 5 percent, respectively.

While WBUR’s poll found support for Trump down from the 50 percent of voters who told Emerson College they’d like to see The Donald win on March 1, his commanding lead in the poll still predicts that he’ll be taking home the most of the Commonwealth’s 42 delegates.

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On the Democratic side, Clinton has edged ahead of Sanders slightly, contradicting last week’s findings from Public Policy Polling that pegged Sanders with 49 percent of the vote to Clinton’s 42 percent. Instead, WBUR found that Clinton had the support of 49 percent of those polled while Sanders came in at 44 percent, just outside of the poll’s 4.9 percent margin of error.

“Voters who are looking for experience — someone with the right experience to be president, is how we phrased it — then you’re very likely to be with Clinton,’’ Steve Koczela, president of the MassINC Polling Group, which conducted the survey, told WBUR. “And if you’re looking for someone who can bring real change to the political system, that’s a Sanders voter.’’

In both parties, 7 percent of those polled were undecided or chose someone outside of the major candidates.

The poll, which was conducted between Sunday and Tuesday, compiles responses from 386 likely Republican voters and 418 of those likely to cast ballots in the Democratic primary.

Read the full WBUR story here.

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