Hillary Clinton is on course to win the Democratic primary and would go on to trounce her Republican opponents, according to a new poll.

The NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found that the former secretary of state was the first choice for nominee of 75% of her party, with Vermont socialist Bernie Sanders far behind on 15%.

Martin O’Malley, the former Maryland governor, was on 2%, while Lincoln Chafee, the former governor of Rhode Island, polled less than 1%. Former Virginia senator Jim Webb, who has not yet formally declared he is running, was on 4%.

According to the poll, 92% of likely Democratic voters said they could see themselves supporting Clinton.

The poll asked 1,000 likely voters about their opinions on potential presidential candidates, both Republican and Democrat.

It showed Clinton polling at 48% to 40% against her closest Republican contender, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, the brother of former president George W Bush and son of former president George HW Bush.

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