CBS NEWS POLL

For release: Sunday October 11, 2015
10:30 am EDT

The Race for the 2016 Democratic Nomination: Clinton Maintains Her Lead
October 4-8, 2015

Hillary Clinton continues to lead in the race for the Democratic nomination, followed by
Bernie Sanders. If Joe Biden does not enter the race, Clinton’s lead over Sanders grows.

While Democratic primary voters see Clinton as the most electable and a strong and
experienced leader, Biden is most widely viewed as honest and trustworthy. More see
Clinton than Biden or Sanders as able to manage the economy and an international crisis.

But among the broader electorate, Clinton is viewed more negatively, and 61% of voters say
she is not honest (similar percentages of voters overall say the same about Donald Trump).

The Democratic Race
Just days before the first Democratic candidate debate, Hillary Clinton is ahead of Bernie
Sanders by 19 points in the Democratic race for the nomination nationally. Her lead is similar to
last month, but has narrowed since August. Potential candidate Vice President Joe Biden
comes in third, while the other candidates trail far behind.
2016 Democratic Nomination for President
(among Democratic primary voters)
Now 9/2015
Hillary Clinton
46% 47%
Bernie Sanders
27
27
Joe Biden
16
15
Jim Webb
2
1
Lincoln Chafee
*
1
Martin O'Malley
*
*
Lawrence Lessig
*
n/a
Don’t know
5
7

8/2015
58%
17
11
2
1
1
n/a
7

(*) % is less than 0.5

If Biden decides not to enter the race, Clinton’s lead over Sanders widens.
2016 Democratic Nomination for President
(among Democratic primary voters)
With Biden
Without Biden
Hillary Clinton
46%
56%
Bernie Sanders
27
32
Joe Biden
16
n/a
Jim Webb
2
2
Lincoln Chafee
*
1
Martin O'Malley
*
1
Lawrence Lessig
*
*
Don’t know
5
4
(*) % is less than 0.5

1

Clinton is still viewed as the candidate with the best chance of winning a general election.
Nearly six in 10 Democratic primary voters see her as the most electable, far ahead of the other
candidates in the field.
Best Chance of Winning in November 2016
(among Democratic primary voters)
Now 9/2015 8/2015
Hillary Clinton
59% 55% 78%
Joe Biden
18
21
11
Bernie Sanders
15
10
5
Jim Webb
1
2
1
Lincoln Chafee
*
1
Martin O'Malley
*
*
*
Lawrence Lessig
n/a
n/a
Don’t know
5
7
4
(*) % is less than 0.5

Clinton gets strong support from women and older voters. Clinton’s lead is narrower with men,
and she and Sanders run about even among Democratic primary voters under age 50.
2016 Democratic Nomination for President
(among Democratic primary voters)

Men
Women

Clinton
39%
51%

Sanders
30
24

Biden
19
13

18-49
50+

41%
48%

39
18

14
17

(Table has been truncated. Not all candidates listed.)

Just under half of Democratic primary voters nationwide say they would enthusiastically support
Clinton if she became the party’s nominee. 27% would support her with some reservations and
another 11% would only back her because she is the nominee. 14% would not support her in a
general election.
Democratic voters currently backing Clinton are especially likely to be enthusiastic about her.
Those not supporting Clinton are less fervent– only about a quarter would enthusiastically
support her if she became the party’s nominee.
If Clinton Becomes the Democratic Nominee, You Would…
(among Democratic primary voters)
Total Clinton supporters
Support other candidate
Enthusiastically support her
47%
76%
22%
Support with reservations
27
16
38
Only because she’s party’s nominee 11
4
17
Not support
14
2
23

2

Views of the Democratic Candidates
Clinton, Sanders and Biden are viewed more positively than negatively among Democratic
primary voters. While fewer see Sanders favorably, over a third has yet to form an opinion of
him.
Views of Democratic Candidates
(Among Democratic primary voters)
Clinton
Sanders
Favorable
69%
50%
Not favorable
19
13
Undecided/haven’t heard enough
12
37

Biden
71%
9
21

Among voters nationwide, opinions of Biden and Sanders are divided, but more than four in 10
voters are undecided about Sanders or don’t know enough to have an opinion of him.
Views of Democratic Candidates
(among registered voters)
Clinton
Sanders
Favorable
33%
26%
Not favorable
53
28
Undecided/haven’t heard enough
14
44

Biden
38%
36
25

But among that broader electorate of voters, 53% have an unfavorable opinion of Clinton, an
increase from August and the highest since the CBS News Poll began asking about her in 1992.

Favorable
Not favorable
Undecided/haven’t heard

Views of Hillary Clinton
(among registered voters)
Now 8/2015 10/2007
33% 41% 43%
53
47
41
14
11
16

Democrats: The Candidates on the Issues
On handling of two key issues -- the economy and an international crisis -- more Democratic
primary voters say they are very confident in Clinton’s abilities than in her nearest competitors’.
47% are very confident in Biden to handle an international crisis, while Sanders lags on this
issue.
Still, majorities of Democratic voters are at least somewhat confident in both Sanders and
Biden.
Clinton, Sanders, and Biden get similar marks from Democratic voters on the issue of regulating
banks and financial institutions.

3

Confident in These Candidates on the Issues
(Among Democratic primary voters)
Clinton
Sanders
Biden
Economic decisions
Very
Somewhat
Not too/not at all
Don’t know

51%
33
17
*

34%
29
28
9

35%
47
15
3

International Crisis
Very
Somewhat
Not too/not at all
Don’t know

57%
24
16
1

21%
36
35
8

47%
33
17
3

Regulating banks and financial institutions
Very
37%
Somewhat
39
Not too/not at all
22
Don’t know
2

34%
29
30
7

32%
45
18
5

Democrats: Candidate Qualities
Democratic primary voters choose honesty and trustworthiness (26%) and having a candidate
who cares about people like themselves (26%) as the top qualities in deciding their vote for their
party’s nominee. These are closely followed by strong leadership (21%), the right experience
(20%) and electability (4%).
What’s Most Important to You in Deciding Your Vote for Nomination?
(among Democratic primary voters)
Is honest and trustworthy
26%
Cares about people like me
26
Is a strong leader
21
Has the right experience
20
Can win a general election
4
Clinton supporters value experience and empathy as their top candidate qualities. Among
Democratic voters not backing Clinton, honesty is the quality that is most important to them,
while experience is less important.
What’s Most Important to You in Deciding Your Vote for Nomination?
(among Democratic primary voters)
Clinton supporters
Support other candidate
Has the right experience
34%
8%
Cares about people like me
29
25
Is a strong leader
16
25
Is honest and trustworthy
15
34
Can win a general election
4
4
Generally, the Democratic candidates, or potential candidates, get positive marks on these
qualities and characteristics. Majorities of Democratic voters see Clinton, Sanders and Biden as
honest and trustworthy, although Biden does the best on this quality.

4

Candidate Qualities: Honest and Trustworthy
(Among Democratic primary voters)
Clinton
Sanders
Biden
Yes
68%
68%
85%
No
30
17
10
Don’t know
2
15
5
Clinton and Biden run about even on leadership and experience (more than 8 in 10 say they
each possess these traits). Experience is less of a strength for Sanders -- 52% of Democratic
voters thinks he has the right experience to be a good president.
Candidate Qualities: Leadership and Experience
(Among Democratic primary voters)
Clinton
Sanders
Biden
Strong leadership qualities
Yes
85%
62%
83%
No
13
27
14
Don’t know
2
11
3
Has right kind of experience
Yes
No
Don’t know

83%
15
1

52%
36
12

85%
10
4

All three are viewed by large majorities of Democratic primary voters as caring about the needs
and problems of people like themselves.
On all of these measures, about one in 10 Democratic voters do not have an opinion of
Sanders.
Candidate Qualities: Cares about People Like You
(Among Democratic primary voters)
Clinton
Sanders
Biden
A lot
49%
48%
48%
Some
33
27
40
Not much/not at all
18
15
10
Don’t know
*
8
2
2016 Candidate Qualities Among All Voters
The poll also tested how potential nominees fared among all voters, not just primary voters,
across a number of those same qualities.
Among all voters, Donald Trump gets good marks on strong leadership, just as he does among
Republicans. Majorities also see Vice President Biden, Clinton, and Carson as strong leaders.
Fiorina and Sanders rate lower on this, but are also more unknown.

5

Qualities and Characteristics of the Candidates
(Among registered voters)
Strong leadership qualities
Yes
No
Don’t know
Trump
65%
33
2
Biden
55%
38
7
Clinton
53%
44
3
Carson
51%
29
20
Fiorina
44%
34
22
Sanders
39%
40
20
Joe Biden ranks highest on being honest and trustworthy, though Ben Carson is close behind.
Hillary Clinton continues to struggle in this area among all voters, as does Donald Trump.
Honest and trustworthy
Biden
Carson
Sanders
Fiorina
Clinton
Trump

Yes
61%
58%
45%
39%
35%
33%

No
29
18
27
31
61
60

Don’t know
10
24
29
29
3
7

Both Biden and Ben Carson do well on caring about voters’ need problems. This is also one of
Bernie Sanders’ strongest attributes of those tested among all voters. More say Trump does not
care about people like them than say he does.
Cares about you
Biden
Carson
Sanders
Fiorina
Clinton
Trump

A lot/some
67%
63%
56%
52%
50%
43%

Not much/none
30
22
28
30
48
55

Don’t know
4
15
16
18
1
2

More see Biden as having the right experience to be a good president, compared to the other
candidates asked about. Clinton is second, and the political newcomers are much further
behind, along with Sanders.
Has the right experience
Biden
Clinton
Trump
Carson
Sanders
Fiorina

Yes
60%
51%
35%
33%
31%
27%

No
33
47
62
44
47
49

Don’t know
7
2
3
22
22
24

6

The Clinton Email Controversy
As questions continue about Clinton’s email practices as Secretary of State, 71% of registered
voters nationwide do not think it was appropriate for Clinton to use a personal email address
and server for work-related matters while Secretary of State, up from 64% in March. Majorities
of Republicans and independents say her actions were not appropriate, while Democrats are
more divided.
Clinton’s Use of Personal Email Address/Server for Work
(among registered voters)
Total Reps Dems Inds
3/2015
Appropriate
21%
4%
41% 20%
25
Not appropriate
71
93
48
72
64
In addition, about six in 10 voters are dissatisfied with her explanation of the matter, while far
fewer – a third – are satisfied.
Clinton’s Explanation about Personal Email Use
(among registered voters)
Now 9/2015 3/2015
Mostly satisfied
32% 35% 42%
Mostly dissatisfied
59
54
43
Don’t know
8
11
15
But how will this affect Clinton’s campaign for president? Voters are split: 50% say the email
issue will be important in their vote for president, while almost as many – 48% say it won’t be.
Most Democrats say the email matter won’t be important, while most Republicans say it will be.
Independents are divided.
How Important Will the Matter About Clinton’s Email Be in Your Vote?
(among registered voters)
Total Reps Dems Inds
Very
31% 46% 14% 33%
Somewhat
19
27
15
15
Not too
19
10
28
19
Not at all
29
15
42
30
Views on the Role of Government and the Economy: A Partisan Divide
Democrats and Republicans have distinctly different views on the role of government in
America. Three in four Republicans say the government is doing too much, while two in three
Democrats see it as doing too little.
Overall, a majority of Americans think the government is now doing too much that is better left to
businesses and individuals; just 39% think the government should do more to solve national
problems.

7

Government…
Should do more to solve problems
Is doing too much better left to business/individuals

All
39%
56

Reps Dems Inds
19% 66% 33%
77
30
59

On economic fairness, just over half the public thinks that only a few people at the top have a
chance to get ahead in today’s economy; 42% think everyone has a fair chance. But
Republicans are more likely to say that everyone has a chance to get ahead; most Democrats
think only those at the top do.
Who Can Get Ahead In Today’s Economy?
Total Reps Dems Inds
Anyone has a fair chance
42% 58% 38% 34%
Only those at the top
54
38
60
60
Cross-over Appeal?
With the election for president more than a year away, about a third of Democrats and
Republicans say they would consider voting for a candidate from the other party. Most,
however, are inclined to stick with their own party.
Would You Consider Voting for a Democratic Candidate for President?
(Among Republicans)
Yes
37%
No
59
Would You Consider Voting for a Republican Candidate for President?
(Among Democrats)
Yes
33%
No
59
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------This poll was conducted by telephone October 4-8, 2015 among a random sample of 1,251 adults
nationwide, including 1,038 registered voters. Data collection was conducted on behalf of CBS by SSRS
of Media, PA. Phone numbers were dialed from samples of both standard land-line and cell phones.
The poll employed a random digit dial methodology. For the landline sample, a respondent was randomly
selected from all adults in the household. For the cell sample, interviews were conducted with the person
who answered the phone.
Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish using live interviewers.
The data have been weighted to reflect U.S. Census figures on demographic variables.
The error due to sampling for results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus three percentage
points. The error for subgroups may be higher and is available by request. The margin of error includes
the effects of standard weighting procedures which enlarge sampling error slightly.
The margin of error for the sample of 343 Democratic primary voters is 6 percentage points.
This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.

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CBS NEWS POLL
Democratic Race: Clinton Maintains Her Lead
October 4-8, 2015
Q14. Next year, are you more likely to vote in a Republican presidential primary or caucus, or a Democratic presidential
primary or caucus or aren't you likely to vote in a primary or caucus at all?

Republican primary
Democratic primary
Not likely to vote
Never vote (Vol.)
Don't know/No answer

REGISTERED VOTERS
Total Rep
Dem
%
%
%
38
86
2
33
2
84
17
7
7
*
12
5
7

Ind
%
28
19
32
1
20

Sep15a1
%
36
33
17
*
14

Q22. Which one of these potential candidates would you like to see the Democratic Party nominate for President in
2016?

Hillary Clinton
Bernie Sanders
Joe Biden
Jim Webb
Martin O'Malley
Lincoln Chafee
Lawrence Lessig
Someone Else (vol.)
None of them (vol.)
Don't know/No answer

DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY VOTERS
%
46
27
16
2
*
*
*
1
4
5

Sep15a1
%
47
27
15
1
*
1
n/a
1
2
7

Q23. Who would be your second choice for the Democratic nomination for president?
DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY VOTERS WHO MADE A CHOICE IN Q22
Joe Biden
Hillary Clinton
Bernie Sanders
Martin O'Malley
Jim Webb
Lawrence Lessig
Lincoln Chafee
Someone Else (vol.)
None of them (vol.)
Don't know/No answer

38
25
19
4
2
1
1
6
5

Sep15a1
36
23
14
2
3
n/a
1
12
8

9

Q24. Suppose the race for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination in 2016 comes down to the following
candidates, which one would you like to see the Democratic Party nominate for President in 2016?

Hillary Clinton
Bernie Sanders
Jim Webb
Martin O'Malley
Lincoln Chafee
Lawrence Lessig
Someone Else (vol.)
None of them (vol.)
Don't know/No answer

DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY VOTERS
56
32
2
1
1
*
1
3
4

Sep15a1
58
28
3
*
2
2
6

Q25. Regardless of how you intend to vote in 2016, which one of these potential Democratic presidential candidates do
you think has the best chance of winning the general election in November 2016?

Hillary Clinton
Joe Biden
Bernie Sanders
Jim Webb
Martin O'Malley
Lincoln Chafee
Lawrence Lessig
Someone else (vol.)
None of them (vol.)
Don't know/No answer

59
18
15
1
*
*
1
5

Sep15a1
55
21
10
2
*
1
n/a
1
2
7

Q26. 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
No support
Don't know/No answer

47
27
11
14
1

Sep15a1
48
28
15
6
2

10

Q27. We'd like to get your opinion of some public figures. For each of the following people, please say whether your
opinion is favorable, not favorable, undecided, or whether you haven't heard enough about him or her yet to have an
opinion.
a. Hillary Clinton

Favorable
Not favorable
Undecided
Haven't heard enough
Don't know/No answer

REGISTERED VOTERS
Total Rep
Dem
%
%
%
33
7
71
53
86
15
11
4
10
3
2
4
*
-

Ind
%
24
55
16
4
1

Dem. Primary
Voters
%
69
19
10
2
-

Jul15e
%
41
47
9
2
1

26
28
13
31
2

9
48
12
30
2

46
13
11
29
1

23
25
16
35
2

50
13
13
24
1

20
20
12
46
2

38
36
15
10
1

14
63
15
7
*

70
7
12
11
*

33
36
16
12
2

71
9
13
8
-

Feb13a
33
32
18
16
1

b. Bernie Sanders
Favorable
Not favorable
Undecided
Haven't heard enough
Don't know/No answer
c. Joe Biden

Favorable
Not favorable
Undecided
Haven't heard enough
Don't know/No answer

Q27aa. Which one of these candidate qualities is most important to you in deciding who to support for the
Democratic/Republican nomination for president in 2016?

Is honest and trustworthy
Has the right experience
Can win a general election
Cares about people like me
Is a strong leader
Don't know/No answer

Dem. Primary
Voters
26
20
4
26
21
3

11

Q28 How confident are you in Hillary Clinton’s ability to make the right decisions about the economy--are you very
confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?

Very confident
Somewhat confident
Not too confident
Not at all confident
Don't know/No answer

DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY VOTERS
Total
%
51
33
8
9
*

Jul15e
%
48
39
7
5
1

Q29. How confident are you in Hillary Clinton’s ability to handle an international crisis-are you very confident, somewhat
confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?
Very confident
Somewhat confident
Not too confident
Not at all confident
Don't know/No answer

57
24
6
10
1

Q29a. How confident are you in Hillary Clinton’s ability to make the right decisions when it comes to regulating large
banks and financial institutions- are you very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?
Very confident
Somewhat confident
Not too confident
Not at all confident
Don't know/No answer

37
39
8
14
2

Q30. How confident are you in Bernie Sanders’ ability to make the right decisions about the economy--are you very
confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?
Very confident
Somewhat confident
Not too confident
Not at all confident
Don't know/No answer

34
29
12
16
9

20
29
20
15
16

Q31. How confident are you in Bernie Sanders’ ability to handle an international crisis-are you very confident, somewhat
confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?
Very confident
Somewhat confident
Not too confident
Not at all confident
Don't know/No answer

21
36
17
18
8

12

Q31a. How confident are you in Bernie Sanders’ ability to make the right decisions when it comes to regulating large
banks and financial institutions-are you very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?

Very confident
Somewhat confident
Not too confident
Not at all confident
Don't know/No answer

DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY VOTERS
%
34
29
13
17
7

Q32. How confident are you in Joe Biden’s ability to make the right decisions about the economy--are you very
confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?
Very confident
Somewhat confident
Not too confident
Not at all confident
Don't know/No answer

35
47
10
5
3

Q33. How confident are you in Joe Biden’s ability to handle an international crisis-are you very confident, somewhat
confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?
Very confident
Somewhat confident
Not too confident
Not at all confident
Don't know/No answer

47
33
11
6
3

Q33a. How confident are you in Joe Biden’s ability to make the right decisions when it comes to regulating large banks
and financial institutions- are you very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?
Very confident
Somewhat confident
Not too confident
Not at all confident
Don't know/No answer

32
45
11
7
5

Q40. Do you think Donald Trump is honest and trustworthy, or not?

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

REGISTERED VOTERS
Total
Rep Dem Ind
%
%
%
%
33
51
17
31
60
42
79
60
7
7
4
9

Sep15a
%
35
55
11

13

Q41. How much do you think Donald Trump cares about the needs and problems of people like yourself--a lot, some,
not much, or not at all?

A lot
Some
Not much
Not at all
Don't know/No answer

REGISTERED VOTERS
Total Rep
Dem
%
%
%
15
24
6
28
44
12
17
16
18
38
15
62
2
1
2

Ind
%
14
28
17
38
2

Q42. Do you think Donald Trump has the right kind of experience to be a good president, or not?
Yes
No
Don't know/No answer

35
62
3

56
42
2

12
86
2

35
60
5

Q43. Do you think Donald Trump has strong qualities of leadership, or not?

Yes, has
No, does not have
Don't know/No answer

65
33
2

82
17
1

47
52
2

65
31
4

Sep15a1
%
56
41
3

Q44. Do you think Ben Carson is honest and trustworthy, or not?
Honest and trustworthy
Not honest and trustworthy
Don't know/No answer

58
18
24

77
7
16

42
32
26

54
17
29

49
16
36

Q45. How much do you think Ben Carson cares about the needs and problems of people like yourself--a lot, some, not
much, or not at all?
A lot
Some
Not much
Not at all
Don't know/No answer

33
30
13
9
15

53
26
7
3
10

16
34
21
14
14

28
31
12
9
20

Q46. Do you think Ben Carson has the right kind of experience to be a good president, or not?
Yes
No
Don't know/No answer

33
44
22

49
34
17

17
63
20

33
39
28

14

Q47. Do you think Ben Carson has strong qualities of leadership, or not?

Yes, has
No, does not have
Don't know/No answer

REGISTERED VOTERS
Total Rep
Dem
%
%
%
51
69
37
29
16
44
20
16
19

Ind
%
48
29
24

Sep15a1
%
38
25
37

Q48. Do you think Carly Fiorina is honest and trustworthy, or not?
Honest and trustworthy
Not honest and trustworthy
Don't know/No answer

39
31
29

57
19
23

24
45
31

36
31
34

Q49. How much do you think Carly Fiorina cares about the needs and problems of people like yourself--a lot, some, not
much, or not at all?
A lot
Some
Not much
Not at all
Don't know/No answer

13
39
16
14
18

24
43
8
8
17

6
34
23
20
18

10
39
17
14
19

Q50. Do you think Carly Fiorina has the right kind of experience to be a good president, or not?
Yes
No
Don't know/No answer

27
49
24

41
36
22

13
66
21

27
47
26

Q52. Do you think Carly Fiorina has strong qualities of leadership, or not?
Yes, has
No, does not have
Don't know/No answer

44
34
22

58
22
20

28
50
22

45
31
23

15

Q53. Do you think Hillary Clinton is honest and trustworthy, or not?

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

REGISTERED VOTERS
Total Rep
Dem
%
%
%
35
9
70
61
89
26
3
2
4

Ind
%
29
67
4

Dem. Primary
Voters
%
68
30
2

Sep15a1
%
32
62
7

Q54. How much do you think Hillary Clinton cares about the needs and problems of people like yourself--a lot, some, not
much, or not at all?

A lot
Some
Not much
Not at all
Don't know/No answer

23
27
16
32
1

5
21
19
54
*

50
36
7
7
1

17
26
21
35
1

49
33
6
12
-

Jul15e
%
27
26
16
29
2

Q55. Do you think Hillary Clinton has the right kind of experience to be a good president, or not?

Yes
No
Don't know/No answer

51
47
2

27
73
1

86
12
3

44
53
3

83
15
1

Aug07a
%
59
35
6

Q56. Do you think Hillary Clinton has strong qualities of leadership, or not?

Yes, has
No, does not have
Don't know/No answer

53
44
3

26
74
1

86
11
3

51
46
4

85
13
2

Sep15a1
%
53
43
4

68
17
15

Sep15a1
%
43
20
38

Q57. Do you think Bernie Sanders is honest and trustworthy, or not?

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

45
27
29

30
38
32

63
17
20

43
25
33

16

Q58. How much do you think Bernie Sanders cares about the needs and problems of people like yourself--a lot, some,
not much, or not at all?

A lot
Some
Not much
Not at all
Don't know/No answer

REGISTERED VOTERS
Total Rep
Dem
%
%
%
25
11
45
31
29
26
15
20
11
13
19
7
16
20
10

Ind
%
21
36
13
13
17

Dem. Primary
Voters
%
48
27
8
7
8

Q59. Do you think Bernie Sanders has the right kind of experience to be a good president, or not?
Yes
No
Don't know/No answer

31
47
22

13
64
23

47
36
17

32
43
25

52
36
12

Q60. Do you think Bernie Sanders has strong qualities of leadership, or not?

Yes, has
No, does not
Don't know/No answer

39
40
20

23
56
21

58
27
15

38
38
24

62
27
11

Sep15a1
%
37
29
35

58
30
13

85
10
5

55
31
15

Q61. Do you think Joe Biden is honest and trustworthy, or not?
Honest and trustworthy
Not honest and trustworthy
Don't know/No answer

61
29
10

42
48
10

85
8
7

Q62. How much do you think Joe Biden cares about the needs and problems of people like yourself--a lot, some, not
much, or not at all?
A lot
Some
Not much
Not at all
Don't know/No answer

26
41
16
14
4

11
38
25
23
3

52
36
5
4
3

17
47
17
14
5

48
40
5
5
2

Q63. Do you think Joe Biden has the right kind of experience to be a good president, or not?
Yes
No
Don't know/No answer

60
33
7

40
54
5

83
10
7

57
34
8

85
10
4

17

Q64. Do you think Joe Biden has strong qualities of leadership, or not?

Yes, has
No, does not have
Don't know/No answer

REGISTERED VOTERS
Total Rep
Dem
%
%
%
55
31
83
38
61
13
7
7
4

Ind
%
51
40
9

Dem. Primary
Voters
%
83
14
3

Sep15a1
%
49
40
12

Q65. Which comes closer to your view? In today's economy, everyone has a fair chance to get ahead in the long run or in
today's economy, it's mainly just a few people at the top who have a chance to get ahead?

Everyone has a fair chance
to get ahead
Just a few people at
top get ahead
Don't know/No answer

TOTAL RESPONDENTS
Total Rep
Dem Ind
%
%
%
%

Jul15c
%

42

58

38

34

38

54
4

38
4

60
2

60
5

58
5

Q67. Do you think it was appropriate or not appropriate for Hillary Clinton to exclusively use a personal email address
and server for work while she was Secretary of State?

Appropriate
Not appropriate
Don't know/No answer

REGISTERED VOTERS
Total Rep
Dem
%
%
%
21
4
41
71
93
48
7
2
11

Ind
%
20
72
8

Mar15c
%
25
64
11

Q68. Are you mostly satisfied or mostly dissatisfied with Hillary Clinton’s explanation about why she used a personal
email address and server for work while she was Secretary of State?

Mostly Satisfied
Mostly Dissatisfied
Don't know/No answer

32
59
8

12
85
3

62
28
9

26
62
12

Sep15a1
35
54
11

18

Q69. How important will Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email address and server for work as Secretary of State be in
your vote for President in 2016 -- very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not important at all?

Very important
Somewhat important
Not too important
Not important at all
Don't know/No answer

REGISTERED VOTERS
Total Rep
Dem
%
%
%
31
46
14
19
27
15
19
10
28
29
15
42
2
3
1

Ind
%
33
16
19
30
3

Q71a. Would you consider voting for a Democratic candidate for President in 2016, or not?

Yes
No
Depends
Don't know/No answer

TOTAL RESPONDENTS
REP
%
37
59
3
1

Q71b. Would you consider voting for a Republican candidate for President in 2016, or not?
DEMO
%
33
59
6
2

Yes
No
Depends
Don't know/No answer

Unweighted
1,251

Weighted

Total Respondents
Total Registered Voters

1,038

948

Registered Voters - Republicans
Registered Voters - Democrats
Registered Voters - independents

339
311
388

295
284
369

Democratic Primary voters

343

313

(*) % is less than 0.5

19