By Nick Gass
February 17, 2016
The race between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders is deadlocked ahead of Saturday's Democratic caucuses, according to the results of the latest CNN/ORC poll from the state released Wednesday.
Clinton earned 48 percent to Sanders' 47 percent, with the former secretary of state leading among voters over the age of 55 and the Vermont senator picking up the support of more younger voters, echoing their supporting demographics in Iowa and New Hampshire.
Likely caucus-goers gave Clinton higher marks on issues related to foreign policy, health care, immigration and race relations, but on the economy, which 42 percent rated as the most important issue, Clinton and Sanders are knotted (with Clinton 48 percent, Sanders 47 percent). Among those who cited the economy as their top issue, Sanders leads by 9 points — 52 percent to 43 percent. The candidates are also effectively tied among likely caucus-goers who were asked which candidate would do more to help the middle class: 50 percent said Sanders would, while 47 percent said the same of Clinton.
On the Republican side, Donald Trump blew away the competition with 45 percent, trouncing his closest rival by 26 points among those likely to caucus next Tuesday. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio finished with 19 percent, followed by 17 percent for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Roughly six in 10 have decided whom they will support, according to the results.
Reliable polls of Nevada are scarce, and it should be noted that the CNN/ORC poll has small sample sizes. The poll was conducted by telephone from Feb. 10-15, surveying 282 likely Democratic caucus-goers, with a margin of error of plus or minus 6 percentage points and 245 likely Republican caucus-goers, with a margin of error of plus or minus 6.5 percentage points.
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