With a week to go until the Iowa caucuses, Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont has a 1-point edge over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Hawkeye State, according to a new poll.
Mr. Sanders was at 47 percent in the CBS News/YouGov poll, while Mrs. Clinton was at 46 percent, and former Gov. Martin O’Malley was at 5 percent.
Voters gave Mr. Sanders big margins over Mrs. Clinton on the issues of Wall Street reform and taxes, and a narrow advantage on the economy and jobs.
Mrs. Clinton, meanwhile, had big advantages over Mr. Sanders on the issues of terrorism and gun policy, and a narrow edge on health care.
Eighty-five percent said Mr. Sanders understands them and people like them, compared to 65 percent who said the same of Mrs. Clinton. And 57 percent said that as president, Mrs. Clinton would ultimately do what big donors want, compared to 43 percent who said she would do what regular people want.
Ninety-one percent said Mr. Sanders would do what regular people want, compared to 9 percent who said he would do what big donors want; Mr. Sanders has relentlessly hammered Wall Street and the influence of money in politics during his campaign.
Part of Mrs. Clinton’s recent pitch to Democratic voters has been that Mr. Sanders’ plans for things like universal health care are too unrealistic to pan out in the real world. Seventy-six percent said Mrs. Clinton’s policy proposals are realistic, compared to 24 percent who said idealistic. That’s compared to 62 percent who said Mr. Sanders’ proposals were idealistic, compared to 38 percent who said realistic.
About six in 10 voters said both Mr. Sanders and Mrs. Clinton have made fair points in their criticisms of one another.