With less than a month until the first South Carolina voters cast their ballots, new presidential primary polls show both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton with commanding leads in their respective parties.
The poll sponsored by CBS News and YouGov found Trump received 40 percent of Republican support in South Carolina, nearly doubling the next candidate – Texas senator Ted Cruz – who received 21 percent. Florida senator Marco Rubio finished third among Republicans with 13 percent, followed by Dr. Ben Carson with nine percent and former Florida governor Jeb Bush with eight percent. None of the other seven candidates included in the poll received more than three percent support.
A previous poll released last week showed Trump at 32 percent, Cruz next (18 percent), then Bush, Rubio and Carson, in that order.
For Democrats, South Carolina likely voters supported Clinton 60 percent of the time, followed by Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, who received 38 percent support. Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley received less than one percent support.
Interestingly, the poll found more than a quarter of all respondents said they either were not sure which party’s primary they would vote in, or that they didn’t plan to vote in either primary.
Conducted at the same time as polls for both Iowa and New Hampshire, the combined results show the possibility of a clean sweep by Trump in all three early voting states. According to these polls, Trump now has a five-point lead in Iowa and an eighteen-point lead in New Hampshire, with Cruz finished second in both of these polls, as well.
Democrats, however, face a much different scenario, as the CBS poll shows a virtual dead heat in Iowa, but gives Sanders a commanding nineteen-point lead in New Hampshire.
South Carolina voters also appear to be starting to lock in their candidates. Among Republicans, 72 percent said they either have definitely decided or “probably won’t change” their choice. Among Democrats, 59 percent told pollsters they were “enthusiastic” about their candidate.