SAN FRANCISCO (CBS NEWS) — Hillary Clinton leads Bernie Sanders in New York, 53 percent to 43 percent, in a state widely considered crucial to both campaigns. The shape of this race hasn’t changed much from recent primaries as Clinton still trails Sanders on measures like being seen as “authentic” and in understanding people, but has wide leads over Sanders on being specific about policies (61 percent say she is more specific) on effectiveness, and electability in November.
But for Sanders, supporters now describe their vote as meaning something more than just backing a candidate, as three-quarters consider themselves part of a movement larger than themselves. That’s much more so than Clinton’s backers feel about their vote, where most feel they’re supporting a candidate whom they like, but don’t see themselves part of a movement.
Clinton also leads in California, 52 percent to 40 percent. The primary will be held in June but the race for this large, final state already shows similar dynamics to what we’ve seen in many races so far, as perceptions of electability and effectiveness are propelling Clinton but she trails Sanders on measures like being seen as honest and trustworthy, and does much better with older voters than with younger ones.
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