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CBS News/NY Times National Poll

The Democratic Race: Clinton Leads Nationally
March 17-20, 2016
Q1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?

Approve
Disapprove
Don't know/No answer

** TOTAL RESPONDENTS **
Total Rep
Dem Ind
%
%
%
%
48
13
80
44
44
82
15
43
8
5
5
13

Feb16b
%
47
45
8

Q2. Do you feel things in this country are generally going in the right direction or do you feel things have pretty seriously
gotten off on the wrong track?
Right direction
Wrong track
Don't know/No answer

32
61
7

9
88
3

55
37
8

27
64
9

31
62
6

Q3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling foreign policy?
Approve
Disapprove
Don't know/No answer

42
47
11

10
80
10

70
18
12

39
51
10

40
49
11

Q4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy?
Approve
Disapprove
Don't know/No answer

50
45
5

15
81
4

84
13
3

45
48
7

47
47
6

Q5. Held for future release
Q6. How would you rate the condition of the national economy these days? Is it very good, fairly good, fairly bad, or
very bad?

Very good
Fairly good
Fairly bad
Very bad
Don't know/No answer

6
45
28
19
2

2
29
38
29
1

9
62
17
9
3

5
41
31
21
2

Feb16b
7
41
30
21
2

Q7. Do you think the economy is getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same?

Better
Worse
Same
Don't know/No answer

** TOTAL RESPONDENTS **
Total Rep
Dem Ind
%
%
%
%
28
9
48
24
27
41
14
29
44
49
37
46
1
1
1
2

Feb16b
%
26
32
41
2

Q8.-Q9. Released separately.
Q10. Would you rather see the next President of the United States generally continue Barack Obama’s policies, change
to more liberal policies, or change to more conservative policies?

Continue Barack Obama's policies
More liberal policies
More conservative policies
Don't know/No answer

*********** TOTAL RESPONDENTS ***********
Total Rep
Dem Ind
Dem. Primary Vtrs
%
%
%
%
%
25
5
50
18
46
21
8
27
24
31
47
82
19
47
18
7
5
4
11
5

Q11.–Q19 Released separately.
Q20. Which one of these candidates would you like to see the Democratic Party nominate for President in 2016?

Hillary Clinton
Bernie Sanders
Someone Else (Vol.)
None of them (Vol.)
Don't know/No answer

DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY VOTERS
%
50
45
1
2
3

Feb16b
%
47
39
*
4
10

Q21. Regardless of whom you support, who do you expect to finally win the Democratic nomination for President in
2016?

Hillary Clinton
Bernie Sanders
None of them (Vol.)
Don't know/No answer

72
23
*
5

Jan16a
72
17
2
9

Q22. If Hillary Clinton became the 2016 Democratic nominee for President, would you enthusiastically support her,
support her but with reservations, support her only because she is the Democratic Party nominee, or not support her?

Enthusiastically support
Support with reservations
Support only because nominee
Not support
Don't know/No answer

DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY VOTERS
%
40
31
18
10
1

Feb16b
%
48
25
14
10
3

Q23. If Bernie Sanders became the 2016 Democratic nominee for President, would you enthusiastically support him,
support him but with reservations, support him only because he is the Democratic Party nominee, or not support him?
Enthusiastically support
Support with reservations
Support only because nominee
Not support
Don't know/No answer

56
22
12
9
2

44
26
17
10
3

Q24-Q39 Released separately.
Q40. In general, are the Democratic presidential candidates talking about the issues that matter most to you, or not?
Yes
No
Some are/Some aren't (vol.)
Don't know/No answer

78
18
1
3

Q41. Would you describe the Democratic Party today as united or divided?

United
Divided
Don't know/No answer

62
33
4

Nov15a
59
37
5

Q42. Do you think the overall tone of the Democratic presidential campaign has been more positive, more negative, or
about the same as past Democratic presidential campaigns?
More positive
More negative
About the same
Don't know/No answer

40
9
48
3

Q43. So far, do you think the Democratic presidential campaign has made you feel MOSTLY proud of the Democratic
Party or MOSTLY embarrassed by the Democratic Party?

Mostly proud
Mostly embarrassed
Mixed/Neither (vol.)
Don't know/No answer

DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY VOTERS
%
82
13
4
1

Q44. Do you think Hillary Clinton is honest and trustworthy, or not?

Honest and trustworthy
Not honest and trustworthy
Don't know/No answer

DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY VOTERS
%
56
40
4

Feb16b
%
60
35
5

Q45. From what you’ve heard or read, generally, would you describe Hillary Clinton’s policy proposals as realistic or not
realistic?
Realistic
Not realistic
Don't know/No answer

78
17
4

81
14
5

Q46. Do you think Bernie Sanders is honest and trustworthy, or not?
Honest and trustworthy
Not honest and trustworthy
Don't know/No answer

84
11
6

77
13
10

Q47. From what you’ve heard or read, generally, would you describe Bernie Sanders’s policy proposals as realistic or not
realistic?
Realistic
Not realistic
Don't know/No answer

56
38
6

51
41
9

Q48. How would you rate the financial situation in your household these days? Is it very good, fairly good, fairly bad, or
very bad?

Very good
Fairly good
Fairly bad

** TOTAL RESPONDENTS **
Total Rep
Dem Ind
%
%
%
%
18
20
19
16
59
55
60
61
14
14
14
15

Feb15b
%
14
58
20

Very bad
Don't know/No answer
Q49-Q60 Released separately.

6
2

8
2

5
1

5
3

7
1

Q61. Which of the following statements comes closer to your opinion? Trade restrictions are necessary to protect
domestic industries. OR Free trade must be allowed, even if domestic industries are hurt by foreign competition.

Restriction necessary
Free trade must be allowed
Don't know/No answer

** TOTAL RESPONDENTS **
Total Rep
Dem Ind
%
%
%
%
61
67
59
59
29
26
28
32
10
8
14
9

Total Respondents

Unweighted
1,252

Total Registered Voters

1,058

984

Republicans
Democrats
Independents

351
424
477

321
420
512

Republican primary voters
Democratic primary voters

362
388

302
371

Weighted

May15c
%
63
30
6