Trump, Clinton lead among South Carolina voters: Poll
KONFRONTASI - US presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton hold big leads over their rivals among South Carolina voters as the state approaches its primary elections this month, according to a new poll.
Trump has a 17-point lead over his closest Republican Party competitors, the Public Policy Polling survey released on Monday shows.
The billionaire businessman mogul has 35 percent support in South Carolina, while Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are tied for second with 18 percent apiece.
Ohio Governor John Kasich ranks fourth at 10 percent, followed by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson ties at 7 percent each.
On the Democratic side, Clinton holds a 21-point advantage over her only remaining party rival Senator Bernie Sanders.
Clinton has 55 percent of likely Democratic primary voters there, versus 34 percent for Sanders. Another 12 percent are undecided. Clinton’s advantage is rooted in part from the backing of South Carolina’s African-American voters.
However, Sanders is making progress with courting the state’s black voters.
The 2016 South Carolina primary will be held on February 20 for Republicans, and on February 27 for Democrats.
Sanders won a decisive victory over Clinton in the New Hampshire primary election last week. Sanders won by a 22 point margin, one of the largest in the history of presidential primaries in New Hampshire.
Clinton, who has long been the presumed Democratic Party nominee for president, is sliding in nationwide opinion polls as well.
Sanders has long been critical of US income inequality as well as US foreign policy. He was an early opponent of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.[ptv]