Bernie Sanders Rockets to First Place in Iowa

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It’s great news for progressives – Bernie Sanders has pulled ahead of Hillary Clinton in Iowaless than two weeks before the Iowa caucus.

According to a new poll released by CNN on Thursday, 51% of polled voters would vote for Bernie Sanders, with only 43% in support of Hillary Clinton.

The poll was conducted via telephone with a sample size of 2,002 Iowa voters. It has a sampling error of plus or minus 6 percentage points.

This is a huge shift for Sanders, who was lagging behind Clinton in a similar poll in December 54% to 36%.

Sanders success may be attributed to his recent announcements of his healthcare plan “Medicare for All” and his plans for breaking up Wall Street and the “too big to fail” banks. In fact, Clinton has been pushed aside as the best on health care by Sanders 51% to 45%. Voters also voted for Sanders to be the most trusted to handle the economy 58% to 36%. Perhaps the largest gap was the amount of voters that trust Sanders’ policies to help the middle class, versus Hillary’s policies with 67% to 30%.

Sanders continues to stay ahead of Clinton in New Hampshire, with 60% to Clinton’s 33%.

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