- The Washington Times - Monday, February 1, 2016

Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont is beating Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton by a better than 2-to-1 margin in New Hampshire, according to a poll released Monday that also showed Mr. Sanders, an avowed socialist, leading Mrs. Clinton by nearly 50 points among people who say they distrust the federal government the most.

Mr. Sanders was at 61 percent support in the University of Massachusetts Lowell/7News poll, followed by Mrs. Clinton, the former secretary of state, at 30 percent and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley at 1 percent.

Mr. Sanders had leads among voters across the ideological spectrum, and a stunning 89 percent to 5 percent advantage among voters between the ages of 18 and 29.

He led among every age group, though his advantage over Mrs. Clinton among people ages 65 or older was 4 points, 47 percent to 43 percent.

Mr. Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, actually had a 48-point, 69 percent to 21 percent lead among those who said they distrust the federal government the most. During his campaign, Mr. Sanders has called for a political revolution, saying the American system is rigged in favor of the wealthy and big corporations.

Among those who said they trust the federal government in D.C. to do what’s right “only sometimes,” Mr. Sanders had a 67 percent to 25 percent edge over Mrs. Clinton.

Among those who said they trust the government always or most of the time, the two candidates were deadlocked at 46 percent apiece.

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