Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton is maintaining her commanding lead but most of her supporters would be comfortable if Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders got the nomination, a new poll has found.
According to a Monmouth University poll conducted July 30-Aug. 2 of 1,203 adults, Clinton has 52 percent support among Democrats and Democrat-leaning voters. Sanders trails her with just 16 percent support.
Among the party’s other possible candidates:
- Vice President Joe Biden would get 12 percent;
- Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb each have 2 percent support;
- Former Rhode Island Gov. and Sen. Lincoln Chafee registers no support.
Assuming Biden does not enter the race, most Democrats say they would not mind if Sanders got the nomination, including 17 percent who would be enthusiastic about the prospect and 39 percent who would be satisfied.
Just 16 percent would be dissatisfied and 7 percent would be upset with a Sanders victory.
Twenty-two percent have no opinion, the poll reports.