With just a few more weeks to go before the Iowa caucus, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have reached a new level of competition. Clinton has seen her support plummet in recent months, while Bernie Sanders has seen an increase of nearly 6 points since the last nationwide poll. The most recent IBD/TIPP poll puts Hillary at 43% with Bernie hot on her tail with 39% of the Democratic vote.
The race is particularly tight in Iowa, where Sanders leads by a mere 3 points. Iowa will host the nation’s first primary on February 1st, followed eight days later by New Hampshire, where Sanders is also in the lead.
According to CNN, there is “a sense of anxiety…cascading through Hillary Clinton’s campaign” regarding Sanders’ gains. Clinton’s flagging numbers have motivated her to start attacking her socialist rival, slamming him for his position on gun control and releasing an ad in Iowa and New Hampshire claiming that she is “the only one” who can beat any Republican nominee.
Even so, support for Hillary has fallen drastically in the Northeast (50% to 36%) and West (49% to 37%). Suburban voters have also abandoned Hillary, with support dropping from 50% to 39% in just one month. She has even lost backing from moderate Democrats, with support plummeting from 58% to 44%.
Meanwhile, Sanders continues to improve and has picked up 10 points from moderates to reach 37%.
Donald Trump remains in the lead on the other side of the fence with 34%.