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National polls show Trump and Clinton in lead

By Sam Hoefler
On April 20, 2016

According to USA Today, the most recent poll released April 9 shows that in Iowa Donald Trump is once again leading the Republican Party with almost 29% with Ted Cruz just behind at almost 24%. John Kasich trails behind both of them at almost 3%. On the Democratic side the most recent polls show that Hillary Clinton has maintained her lead in Iowa since the caucus with almost 48% and Bernie Sanders is close behind with almost 44%. 

The polls in Iowa are very representative of what the national polls are as Trump and Clinton are in the leads nationally as well as Cruz being just behind Trump nationally. Sanders is just behind Clinton as well on the Democratic side. Kasich is again well below both Trump and Cruz, having less than half the numbers that Trump has and about two thirds of the numbers of Cruz.  

In the national polls, it shows that Trump is leading with 42%, which gives him a substantial national lead over Cruz who has almost 32%. Kasich who is still in the race at this point has about 19% support in the national polls, which is a stark contrast to Iowa where his poll numbers make it look like people don’t even know he is running. According to the New York Times, he currently has won only one primary or caucus and that was his home state of Ohio. 

Clinton is ahead of Sanders with 51% support with Sanders being behind her at 42%. CNN reported that with his victories on March 26 Sanders still has a backseat to her lead and while he hopes to push more delegates off of their endorsement of Clinton, there are still a good number of delegates who have not declared. Those undeclared delegates could turn the tide in the Democratic race.

Despite what the national polls report, students should continue to pay attention to what they hear in the news and conduct their own research about the candidates. Even though the election is months away, there is still a lot to learn about the presidential candidates.

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