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CBS NEWS POLL For release: Sunday October 11, 2015 10:30 am EDT The Race for

CBS NEWS POLL For release: Sunday October 11, 2015 10:30 am EDT

The Race for the 2016 Democratic Nomination: Clinton Maintains Her Lead

October 4-8, 2015

Hillary Clinton continues to lead in the race for the Democratic nomination, followed by Bernie Sanders. If Joe Biden does not enter the race, Clinton’s lead over Sanders grows.

While Democratic primary voters see Clinton as the most electable and a strong and experienced leader, Biden is most widely viewed as honest and trustworthy. More see Clinton than Biden or Sanders as able to manage the economy and an international crisis.

But among the broader electorate, Clinton is viewed more negatively, and 61% of voters say she is not honest (similar percentages of voters overall say the same about Donald Trump).

The Democratic Race

Just days before the first Democratic candidate debate, Hillary Clinton is ahead of Bernie Sanders by 19 points in the Democratic race for the nomination nationally. Her lead is similar to last month, but has narrowed since August. Potential candidate Vice President Joe Biden comes in third, while the other candidates trail far behind.

2016 Democratic Nomination for President (among Democratic primary voters)

 

Now

9/2015

8/2015

Hillary Clinton

46%

47%

58%

Bernie Sanders

27

27

17

Joe Biden

16

15

11

Jim Webb

2

1

2

Lincoln Chafee

*

1

1

Martin O'Malley

*

*

1

Lawrence Lessig

*

n/a

n/a

Don’t know

5

7

7

(*) % is less than 0.5

If Biden decides not to enter the race, Clinton’s lead over Sanders widens.

2016 Democratic Nomination for President (among Democratic primary voters)

 

With Biden

Without Biden

Hillary Clinton

46%

56%

Bernie Sanders

27

32

Joe Biden

16

n/a

Jim Webb

2

2

Lincoln Chafee

*

1

Martin O'Malley

*

1

*

*

Lawrence Lessig Don’t know

5

4

(*) % is less than 0.5

Clinton is still viewed as the candidate with the best chance of winning a general election. Nearly six in 10 Democratic primary voters see her as the most electable, far ahead of the other candidates in the field.

Best Chance of Winning in November 2016 (among Democratic primary voters)

 

Now

9/2015 8/2015

Hillary Clinton

59% 55% 78%

Joe Biden

18

21

11

Bernie Sanders

15

10

5

Jim Webb

1

2

1

Lincoln Chafee

*

1

-

*

*

*

Martin O'Malley Lawrence Lessig

-

n/a

n/a

Don’t know

5

7

4

(*) % is less than 0.5

Clinton gets strong support from women and older voters. Clinton’s lead is narrower with men, and she and Sanders run about even among Democratic primary voters under age 50.

2016 Democratic Nomination for President (among Democratic primary voters)

 

Clinton

Sanders

Biden

Men

39%

30

19

Women

51%

24

13

18-49

41%

39

14

50+

48%

18

17

(Table has been truncated. Not all candidates listed.)

Just under half of Democratic primary voters nationwide say they would enthusiastically support Clinton if she became the party’s nominee. 27% would support her with some reservations and another 11% would only back her because she is the nominee. 14% would not support her in a general election.

Democratic voters currently backing Clinton are especially likely to be enthusiastic about her. Those not supporting Clinton are less ferventonly about a quarter would enthusiastically support her if she became the party’s nominee.

If Clinton Becomes the Democratic Nominee, You Would… (among Democratic primary voters)

 

Total

Clinton supporters

Support other candidate

Enthusiastically support her

47%

76%

22%

Support with reservations

27

16

38

Only because she’s party’s nominee 11

4

17

Not support

14

2

23

Views of the Democratic Candidates

Clinton, Sanders and Biden are viewed more positively than negatively among Democratic primary voters. While fewer see Sanders favorably, over a third has yet to form an opinion of him.

Views of Democratic Candidates (Among Democratic primary voters)

 

Clinton

Sanders

Biden

Favorable

69%

50%

71%

Not favorable

19

13

9

Undecided/haven’t heard enough

12

37

21

Among voters nationwide, opinions of Biden and Sanders are divided, but more than four in 10 voters are undecided about Sanders or don’t know enough to have an opinion of him.

Views of Democratic Candidates (among registered voters)

 

Clinton

Sanders

Biden

Favorable

33%

26%

38%

Not favorable

53

28

36

Undecided/haven’t heard enough

14

44

25

But among that broader electorate of voters, 53% have an unfavorable opinion of Clinton, an increase from August and the highest since the CBS News Poll began asking about her in 1992.

Views of Hillary Clinton

(among registered voters)

 

Now

8/2015 10/2007

Favorable

33%

41%

43%

Not favorable

53

47

41

Undecided/haven’t heard

14

11

16

Democrats: The Candidates on the Issues

On handling of two key issues -- the economy and an international crisis -- more Democratic primary voters say they are very confident in Clinton’s abilities than in her nearest competitors. 47% are very confident in Biden to handle an international crisis, while Sanders lags on this issue.

Still, majorities of Democratic voters are at least somewhat confident in both Sanders and Biden.

Clinton, Sanders, and Biden get similar marks from Democratic voters on the issue of regulating banks and financial institutions.

Confident in These Candidates on the Issues (Among Democratic primary voters)

Economic decisions

International Crisis

Clinton

Sanders Biden

Very

51%

34%

35%

Somewhat

33

29

47

Not too/not at all

17

28

15

Don’t know

*

9

3

Very

57%

21%

47%

Somewhat

24

36

33

Not too/not at all

16

35

17

Don’t know

1

8

3

Regulating banks and financial institutions

 

Very

37%

34%

32%

Somewhat

39

29

45

Not too/not at all

22

30

18

Don’t know

2

7

5

Democrats: Candidate Qualities

Democratic primary voters choose honesty and trustworthiness (26%) and having a candidate who cares about people like themselves (26%) as the top qualities in deciding their vote for their party’s nominee. These are closely followed by strong leadership (21%), the right experience (20%) and electability (4%).

What’s Most Important to You in Deciding Your Vote for Nomination? (among Democratic primary voters)

Is honest and trustworthy

26%

Cares about people like me

26

Is a strong leader

21

Has the right experience

20

Can win a general election

4

Clinton supporters value experience and empathy as their top candidate qualities. Among Democratic voters not backing Clinton, honesty is the quality that is most important to them, while experience is less important.

What’s Most Important to You in Deciding Your Vote for Nomination? (among Democratic primary voters)

Clinton supporters

Support other candidate

Has the right experience

34%

8%

Cares about people like me

29

25

Is a strong leader

16

25

Is honest and trustworthy

15

34

Can win a general election

4

4

Generally, the Democratic candidates, or potential candidates, get positive marks on these qualities and characteristics. Majorities of Democratic voters see Clinton, Sanders and Biden as honest and trustworthy, although Biden does the best on this quality.

Candidate Qualities: Honest and Trustworthy (Among Democratic primary voters)

 

Clinton

Sanders

Biden

Yes

68%

68%

85%

No

30

17

10

Don’t know

2

15

5

Clinton and Biden run about even on leadership and experience (more than 8 in 10 say they each possess these traits). Experience is less of a strength for Sanders -- 52% of Democratic voters thinks he has the right experience to be a good president.

Candidate Qualities: Leadership and Experience (Among Democratic primary voters)

Strong leadership qualities

Has right kind of experience

Clinton

Sanders

Biden

Yes

85%

62%

83%

No

13

27

14

Don’t know

2

11

3

Yes

83%

52%

85%

No

15

36

10

Don’t know

1

12

4

All three are viewed by large majorities of Democratic primary voters as caring about the needs and problems of people like themselves.

On all of these measures, about one in 10 Democratic voters do not have an opinion of Sanders.

Candidate Qualities: Cares about People Like You (Among Democratic primary voters)

 

Clinton

Sanders

Biden

A lot

49%

48%

48%

Some

33

27

40

Not much/not at all

18

15

10

Don’t know

*

8

2

2016 Candidate Qualities Among All Voters

The poll also tested how potential nominees fared among all voters, not just primary voters, across a number of those same qualities.

Among all voters, Donald Trump gets good marks on strong leadership, just as he does among Republicans. Majorities also see Vice President Biden, Clinton, and Carson as strong leaders. Fiorina and Sanders rate lower on this, but are also more unknown.

Qualities and Characteristics of the Candidates (Among registered voters)

Strong leadership qualities

 

Yes

No

Don’t know

Trump

65%

33

2

Biden

55%

38

7

Clinton

53%

44

3

Carson

51%

29

20

Fiorina

44%

34

22

Sanders

39%

40

20

Joe Biden ranks highest on being honest and trustworthy, though Ben Carson is close behind. Hillary Clinton continues to struggle in this area among all voters, as does Donald Trump.

Honest and trustworthy

 

Yes

No

Don’t know

Biden

61%

29

10

Carson

58%

18

24

Sanders

45%

27

29

Fiorina

39%

31

29

Clinton

35%

61

3

Trump

33%

60

7

Both Biden and Ben Carson do well on caring about voters’ need problems. This is also one of Bernie Sanders’ strongest attributes of those tested among all voters. More say Trump does not care about people like them than say he does.

Cares about you

 

A lot/some

Not much/none

Don’t know

Biden

67%

30

4

Carson

63%

22

15

Sanders

56%

28

16

Fiorina

52%

30

18

Clinton

50%

48

1

Trump

43%

55

2

More see Biden as having the right experience to be a good president, compared to the other candidates asked about. Clinton is second, and the political newcomers are much further behind, along with Sanders.

Has the right experience

 

Yes

No

Don’t know

Biden

60%

33

7

Clinton

51%

47

2

Trump

35%

62

3

Carson

33%

44

22

Sanders

31%

47

22

Fiorina

27%

49

24

The Clinton Email Controversy

As questions continue about Clinton’s email practices as Secretary of State, 71% of registered voters nationwide do not think it was appropriate for Clinton to use a personal email address and server for work-related matters while Secretary of State, up from 64% in March. Majorities of Republicans and independents say her actions were not appropriate, while Democrats are more divided.

Clinton’s Use of Personal Email Address/Server for Work (among registered voters)

 

Total

Reps

Dems Inds

3/2015

Appropriate

21%

4%

41%

20%

25

Not appropriate

71

93

48

72

64

In addition, about six in 10 voters are dissatisfied with her explanation of the matter, while far fewer a third are satisfied.

Clinton’s Explanation about Personal Email Use (among registered voters)

 

Now

9/2015 3/2015

Mostly satisfied

32% 35%

42%

Mostly dissatisfied

59

54

43

Don’t know

8

11

15

But how will this affect Clinton’s campaign for president? Voters are split: 50% say the email issue will be important in their vote for president, while almost as many – 48% say it won’t be. Most Democrats say the email matter won’t be important, while most Republicans say it will be. Independents are divided.

How Important Will the Matter About Clinton’s Email Be in Your Vote? (among registered voters)

 

Total

Reps

Dems Inds

Very

31%

46%

14%

33%

Somewhat

19

27

15

15

Not too

19

10

28

19

Not at all

29

15

42

30

Views on the Role of Government and the Economy: A Partisan Divide

Democrats and Republicans have distinctly different views on the role of government in America. Three in four Republicans say the government is doing too much, while two in three Democrats see it as doing too little.

Overall, a majority of Americans think the government is now doing too much that is better left to businesses and individuals; just 39% think the government should do more to solve national problems.

Government…

 

All

Reps

Dems Inds

Should do more to solve problems

39%

19%

66%

33%

Is doing too much better left to business/individuals

56

77

30

59

On economic fairness, just over half the public thinks that only a few people at the top have a chance to get ahead in today’s economy; 42% think everyone has a fair chance. But Republicans are more likely to say that everyone has a chance to get ahead; most Democrats think only those at the top do.

Who Can Get Ahead In Today’s Economy?

 

Total

Reps

Dems Inds

Anyone has a fair chance

42%

58%

38%

34%

Only those at the top

54

38

60

60

Cross-over Appeal?

With the election for president more than a year away, about a third of Democrats and Republicans say they would consider voting for a candidate from the other party. Most, however, are inclined to stick with their own party.

Would You Consider Voting for a Democratic Candidate for President? (Among Republicans)

Yes

37%

No

59

Would You Consider Voting for a Republican Candidate for President? (Among Democrats)

Yes

33%

No

59

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This poll was conducted by telephone October 4-8, 2015 among a random sample of 1,251 adults nationwide, including 1,038 registered voters. Data collection was conducted on behalf of CBS by SSRS of Media, PA. Phone numbers were dialed from samples of both standard land-line and cell phones.

The poll employed a random digit dial methodology. For the landline sample, a respondent was randomly selected from all adults in the household. For the cell sample, interviews were conducted with the person who answered the phone.

Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish using live interviewers .

The data have been weighted to reflect U.S. Census figures on demographic variables.

The error due to sampling for results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus three percentage points. The error for subgroups may be higher and is available by request. The margin of error includes the effects of standard weighting procedures which enlarge sampling error slightly.

The margin of error for the sample of 343 Democratic primary voters is 6 percentage points.

This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.

CBS NEWS POLL Democratic Race: Clinton Maintains Her Lead October 4-8, 2015

Q14. Next year, are you more likely to vote in a Republican presidential primary or caucus, or a Democratic presidential primary or caucus or aren't you likely to vote in a primary or caucus at all?

REGISTERED VOTERS

 

Total

Rep

Dem

Ind

Sep15a1

%

%

%

%

%

Republican primary

38

86

2

28

36

Democratic primary

33

2

84

19

33

Not likely to vote

17

7

7

32

17

Never vote

(Vol.)

*

-

-

1

*

Don't know/No answer

12

5

7

20

14

Q22. Which one of these potential candidates would you like to see the Democratic Party nominate for President in

2016?

 

DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY VOTERS

Sep15a1

%

%

Hillary Clinton

46

47

Bernie Sanders

27

27

Joe Biden

16

15

Jim Webb

 

2

1

*

*

Martin O'Malley Lincoln Chafee

*

1

Lawrence Lessig

*

n/a

Someone Else

(vol.)

1

1

None of them

(vol.)

4

2

Don't know/No answer

5

7

Q23. Who would be your second choice for the Democratic nomination for president?

 

DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY VOTERS WHO MADE A CHOICE IN Q22

 

Sep15a1

Joe Biden

38

36

Hillary Clinton

25

23

Bernie Sanders

19

14

Martin O'Malley

4

2

Jim Webb

2

3

Lawrence Lessig Lincoln Chafee

 

1

n/a

-

-

Someone Else

(vol.)

1

1

None of them

(vol.)

6

12

Don't know/No answer

5

8

Q24. Suppose the race for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination in 2016 comes down to the following candidates, which one would you like to see the Democratic Party nominate for President in 2016?

 

DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY VOTERS

Sep15a1

Hillary Clinton

56

58

Bernie Sanders

32

28

Jim Webb

2

3

Martin O'Malley

1

*

Lincoln Chafee

 

1

-

*

Lawrence Lessig

-

Someone Else

(vol.)

1

2

None of them

(vol.)

3

2

Don't know/No answer

4

6

Q25. Regardless of how you intend to vote in 2016, which one of these potential Democratic presidential candidates do you think has the best chance of winning the general election in November 2016?

 

Sep15a1

Hillary Clinton

59

55

Joe Biden

18

21

Bernie Sanders

15

10

Jim Webb

1

2

Martin O'Malley

*

*

Lincoln Chafee

*

1

Lawrence Lessig

-

n/a

Someone else

(vol.)

-

1

None of them

(vol.)

1

2

Don't know/No answer

5

7

Q26. If Hillary Clinton became the 2016 Democratic nominee for President, would you enthusiastically support her, support her but with reservations, support her only because she is the Democratic Party nominee, or not support her?

 

Sep15a1

Enthusiastically support

47

48

Support with reservations

27

28

Support only because nominee

11

15

No support

14

6

Don't know/No answer

1

2

Q27. We'd like to get your opinion of some public figures. For each of the following people, please say whether your opinion is favorable, not favorable, undecided, or whether you haven't heard enough about him or her yet to have an

opinion.

a. Hillary Clinton

 

REGISTERED VOTERS

 

Dem. Primary

Total

Rep

Dem

Ind

Voters

Jul15e

%

%

%

%

%

%

Favorable

33

7

71

24

69

41

Not favorable

53

86

15

55

19

47

Undecided

11

4

10

16

10

9

Haven't heard enough

3

2

4

4

2

2

Don't know/No answer

*

-

-

1

-

1

b.

Bernie Sanders

Favorable

26

9

46

23

50

20

Not favorable

28

48

13

25

13

20

Undecided

13

12

11

16

13

12

Haven't heard enough

31

30

29

35

24

46

Don't know/No answer

2

2

1

2

1

2

c.

Joe Biden

 

Feb13a

Favorable

38

14

70

33

71

33

Not favorable

36

63

7

36

9

32

Undecided

15

15

12

16

13

18

Haven't heard enough

10

7

11

12

8

16

Don't know/No answer

1

*

*

2

-

1

Q27aa. Which one of these candidate qualities is most important to you in deciding who to support for the Democratic/Republican nomination for president in 2016?

 

Dem. Primary

Voters

Is honest and trustworthy

26

Has the right experience

20

Can win a general election

4

Cares about people like me

26

Is a strong leader

21

Don't know/No answer

3

Q28 How confident are you in Hillary Clinton’s ability to make the right decisions about the economy--are you very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?

 

DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY VOTERS Total

Jul15e

%

%

Very confident

51

48

Somewhat confident

33

39

Not too confident

8

7

Not at all confident

9

5

Don't know/No answer

*

1

Q29. How confident are you in Hillary Clinton’s ability to handle an international crisis-are you very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?

Very confident

57

Somewhat confident

24

Not too confident

6

Not at all confident

10

Don't know/No answer

1

Q29a. How confident are you in Hillary Clinton’s ability to make the right decisions when it comes to regulating large banks and financial institutions- are you very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?

Very confident

37

Somewhat confident

39

Not too confident

8

Not at all confident

14

Don't know/No answer

2

Q30. How confident are you in Bernie Sanders’ ability to make the right decisions about the economy--are you very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?

Very confident

34

20

Somewhat confident

29

29

Not too confident

12

20

Not at all confident

16

15

Don't know/No answer

9

16

Q31. How confident are you in Bernie Sanders’ ability to handle an international crisis-are you very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?

Very confident

21

Somewhat confident

36

Not too confident

17

Not at all confident

18

Don't know/No answer

8

Q31a. How confident are you in Bernie Sanders’ ability to make the right decisions when it comes to regulating large banks and financial institutions-are you very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?

DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY VOTERS

 

%

Very confident

34

Somewhat confident

29

Not too confident

13

Not at all confident

17

Don't know/No answer

7

Q32. How confident are you in Joe Biden’s ability to make the right decisions about the economy--are you very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?

Very confident

35

Somewhat confident

47

Not too confident

10

Not at all confident

5

Don't know/No answer

3

Q33. How confident are you in Joe Biden’s ability to handle an international crisis-are you very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?

Very confident

47

Somewhat confident

33

Not too confident

11

Not at all confident

6

Don't know/No answer

3

Q33a. How confident are you in Joe Biden’s ability to make the right decisions when it comes to regulating large banks and financial institutions- are you very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?

Very confident

32

Somewhat confident

45

Not too confident

11

Not at all confident

7

Don't know/No answer

5

Q40. Do you think Donald Trump is honest and trustworthy, or not?

REGISTERED VOTERS

 

Total

Rep

Dem

Ind

Sep15a

%

%

%

%

%

Honest and trustworthy

33

51

17

31

35

Not honest and trustworthy

60

42

79

60

55

Don't know/No answer

7

7

4

9

11

Q41. How much do you think Donald Trump cares about the needs and problems of people like yourself--a lot, some, not much, or not at all?

REGISTERED VOTERS

 

Total

Rep

Dem

Ind

%

%

%

%

A lot

15

24

6

14

Some

28

44

12

28

Not much

17

16

18

17

Not at all

38

15

62

38

Don't know/No answer

2

1

2

2

Q42. Do you think Donald Trump has the right kind of experience to be a good president, or not?

Yes

35

56

12

35

No

62

42

86

60

Don't know/No answer

3

2

2

5

Q43. Do you think Donald Trump has strong qualities of leadership, or not?

 

Sep15a1

%

Yes, has

65

82

47

65

56

No, does not have

33

17

52

31

41

Don't know/No answer

2

1

2

4

3

Q44. Do you think Ben Carson is honest and trustworthy, or not?

 

Honest and trustworthy

58

77

42

54

49

Not honest and trustworthy

18

7

32

17

16

Don't know/No answer

24

16

26

29

36

Q45. How much do you think Ben Carson cares about the needs and problems of people like yourself--a lot, some, not much, or not at all?

A lot

33

53

16

28

Some

30

26

34

31

Not much

13

7

21

12

Not at all

9

3

14

9

Don't know/No answer

15

10

14

20

Q46. Do you think Ben Carson has the right kind of experience to be a good president, or not?

Yes

33

49

17

33

No

44

34

63

39

Don't know/No answer

22

17

20

28

Q47. Do you think Ben Carson has strong qualities of leadership, or not?

REGISTERED VOTERS

 

Total

Rep

Dem

Ind

Sep15a1

%

%

%

%

%

Yes, has

51

69

37

48

38

No, does not have

29

16

44

29

25

Don't know/No answer

20

16

19

24

37

Q48. Do you think Carly Fiorina is honest and trustworthy, or not?

Honest and trustworthy

39

57

24

36

Not honest and trustworthy

31

19

45

31

Don't know/No answer

29

23

31

34

Q49. How much do you think Carly Fiorina cares about the needs and problems of people like yourself--a lot, some, not much, or not at all?

A lot

13

24

6

10

Some

39

43

34

39

Not much

16

8

23

17

Not at all

14

8

20

14

Don't know/No answer

18

17

18

19

Q50. Do you think Carly Fiorina has the right kind of experience to be a good president, or not?

Yes

27

41

13

27

No

49

36

66

47

Don't know/No answer

24

22

21

26

Q52. Do you think Carly Fiorina has strong qualities of leadership, or not?

Yes, has

44

58

28

45

No, does not have

34

22

50

31

Don't know/No answer

22

20

22

23

Q53. Do you think Hillary Clinton is honest and trustworthy, or not?

 

REGISTERED VOTERS

 

Dem. Primary

Total

Rep

Dem

Ind

Voters

Sep15a1

%

%

%

%

%

%

Honest and trustworthy

35

9

70

29

68

32

Not honest and trustworthy

61

89

26

67

30

62

Don't know/No answer

3

2

4

4

2

7

Q54. How much do you think Hillary Clinton cares about the needs and problems of people like yourself--a lot, some, not much, or not at all?

 

Jul15e

%

A lot

23

5

50

17

49

27

Some

27

21

36

26

33

26

Not much

16

19

7

21

6

16

Not at all

32

54

7

35

12

29

Don't know/No answer

1

*

1

1

-

2

Q55. Do you think Hillary Clinton has the right kind of experience to be a good president, or not?

Aug07a

%

Yes

51

27

86

44

83

59

No

47

73

12

53

15

35

Don't know/No answer

2

1

3

3

1

6

Q56. Do you think Hillary Clinton has strong qualities of leadership, or not?

 
 

Sep15a1

%

Yes, has

53

26

86

51

85

53

No, does not have

44

74

11

46

13

43

Don't know/No answer

3

1

3

4

2

4

Q57. Do you think Bernie Sanders is honest and trustworthy, or not?

 
 

Sep15a1

%

Honest and trustworthy

45

30

63

43

68

43

Not honest and trustworthy

27

38

17

25

17

20

Don't know/No answer

29

32

20

33

15

38

Q58. How much do you think Bernie Sanders cares about the needs and problems of people like yourself--a lot, some, not much, or not at all?

 

REGISTERED VOTERS

 

Dem. Primary

Total

Rep

Dem

Ind

Voters

%

%

%

%

%

A lot

25

11

45

21

48

Some

31

29

26

36

27

Not much

15

20

11

13

8

Not at all

13

19

7

13

7

Don't know/No answer

16

20

10

17

8

Q59. Do you think Bernie Sanders has the right kind of experience to be a good president, or not?

Yes

31

13

47

32

52

No

47

64

36

43

36

Don't know/No answer

22

23

17

25

12

Q60. Do you think Bernie Sanders has strong qualities of leadership, or not?

 

Sep15a1

%

Yes, has

39

23

58

38

62

37

No, does not

40

56

27

38

27

29

Don't know/No answer

20

21

15

24

11

35

Q61. Do you think Joe Biden is honest and trustworthy, or not?

 

Honest and trustworthy

61

42

85

58

85

55

Not honest and trustworthy

29

48

8

30

10

31

Don't know/No answer

10

10

7

13

5

15

Q62. How much do you think Joe Biden cares about the needs and problems of people like yourself--a lot, some, not much, or not at all?

A lot

26

11

52

17

48

Some

41

38

36

47

40

Not much

16

25

5

17

5

Not at all

14

23

4

14

5

Don't know/No answer

4

3

3

5

2

Q63. Do you think Joe Biden has the right kind of experience to be a good president, or not?

Yes

60

40

83

57

85

No

33

54

10

34

10

Don't know/No answer

7

5

7

8

4

Q64. Do you think Joe Biden has strong qualities of leadership, or not?

 

REGISTERED VOTERS

 

Dem. Primary

Total

Rep

Dem

Ind

Voters

Sep15a1

%

%

%

%

%

%

Yes, has

55

31

83

51

83

49

No, does not have

38

61

13

40

14

40

Don't know/No answer

7

7

4

9

3

12

Q65. Which comes closer to your view? In today's economy, everyone has a fair chance to get ahead in the long run or in today's economy, it's mainly just a few people at the top who have a chance to get ahead?

TOTAL RESPONDENTS

 

Total

Rep

Dem

Ind

Jul15c

%

%

%

%

%

Everyone has a fair chance to get ahead

42

58

38

34

38

Just a few people at top get ahead

54

38

60

60

58

Don't know/No answer

4

4

2

5

5

Q67. Do you think it was appropriate or not appropriate for Hillary Clinton to exclusively use a personal email address and server for work while she was Secretary of State?

REGISTERED VOTERS

 

Total

Rep

Dem

Ind

Mar15c

%

%

%

%

%

Appropriate

21

4

41

20

25

Not appropriate

71

93

48

72

64

Don't know/No answer

7

2

11

8

11

Q68. Are you mostly satisfied or mostly dissatisfied with Hillary Clinton’s explanation about why she used a personal email address and server for work while she was Secretary of State?

 

Sep15a1

Mostly Satisfied

32

12

62

26

35

Mostly Dissatisfied

59

85

28

62

54

Don't know/No answer

8

3

9

12

11

Q69. How important will Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email address and server for work as Secretary of State be in your vote for President in 2016 -- very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not important at all?

REGISTERED VOTERS

 

Total

Rep

Dem

Ind

%

%

%

%

Very important

31

46

14

33

Somewhat important

19

27

15

16

Not too important

19

10

28

19

Not important at all

29

15

42

30

Don't know/No answer

2

3

1

3

Q71a. Would you consider voting for a Democratic candidate for President in 2016, or not?

Yes No Depends Don't know/No answer

TOTAL RESPONDENTS REP

%

37

59

3

1

Q71b. Would you consider voting for a Republican candidate for President in 2016, or not?

 

DEMO

%

Yes

33

No

59

Depends

6

Don't know/No answer

2

 

Unweighted

Weighted

Total Respondents

1,251

Total Registered Voters

1,038

948

Registered Voters - Republicans

339

295

Registered Voters - Democrats

311

284

Registered Voters - independents

388

369

Democratic Primary voters

343

313

(*) % is less than 0.5