As a fierce Democratic primary battle plays out, recent polling suggests
that in a hypothetical head-to-head matchup between Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, the Vermont senator
would unseat the president.
An average of recent polls compiled by RealClear
Politics has Sanders leading Trump by five points, 49.9 percent to 44.9 percent, illustrated in
the graphic below provided by Statista.
Several surveys published within the past week, including by Monmouth University, Yahoo News/YouGov
and CNN, show Sanders beating Trump by four, six and seven points, respectively.
An additional poll by Hill/HarrisX found that voters prefer any democratic nominee over Trump by
seven points. But a survey by Rasmussen last month found the contrary. It showed Trump besting
Sanders by seven points.
Sanders' strong one-on-one match-ups with the president bode well for the White House hopeful ahead
of primary elections in six more states on Tuesday. Former Vice President Joe Biden will look to
expand his lead while Sanders hopes to rebound and regain the frontrunner spot. The latter will be
more difficult as polling suggests Biden will outperform his opponent in the delegate-rich state of
Michigan, among others.
This despite both Sanders and Biden claiming they are best poised to oust Trump from office while
accusing the other of being potentially dangerous for the Democratic Party and its ability to defeat
the president in November.
Biden and many moderate, vulnerable members of Congress say Sanders, a self-described democratic
socialist, would hurt down-ballot Democrats. Sanders and his supporters have suggested gaffs and
inaccurate claims by the former vice president call into question his mental fitness and makes him
susceptible to attacks from Trump and Republicans.
Sanders currently trails by 91 delegates after Biden surged ahead thanks to a strong Super Tuesday
performance. Voters will head to the polls this Tuesday in six states: Michigan, Washington state,
Missouri, Mississippi, Idaho and North Dakota. After those contests, roughly 44 percent of pledged
delegates will have been awarded.
The chart below by Statista
shows the current delegate count as of Monday. Biden leads with 664 followed by Sanders with 573.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) is still officially a candidate, despite so far mustering just two
To win the party nomination at this summer's Democratic National Convention, a candidate needs at
least 1,991 delegates.
This article was updated to include an infographic.