In this Oct. 19, 2017, file photo, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Washington.
Sanders is expected to formally announce his presidential bid on Monday.
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File) The Associated Statesman:Associated Press – INDIANAPOLIS (AP) It’s time to say goodbye to Bernie Sanders.
The senator from Vermont, who has called for a massive increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour and for a single-payer health care system, has become a polarizing figure, with his long record of political activism a factor.
A new poll by the Associated Press and CNN finds that almost two-thirds of voters surveyed disapprove of Sanders’ job performance, while only 39 percent said they approve.
It’s a sharp reversal from earlier this year when he was seen as the front-runner for the Democratic nomination and his name was on most ballots.
But the latest poll finds Sanders still has a strong advantage over Clinton, who is viewed unfavorably by 48 percent of respondents.
The poll, which was conducted from Aug. 3 to Aug. 5, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
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Follow AP Press ethics rules at: http://www.ap.org/ethics/article/politics/politics-and-politics-reporting-issues-agenda-public-opinion-media/20160722-1.html/ AP Poll:Sanders leads Clinton in Iowa pollThe Associated Press – Iowa City, Iowa (AP)(AP) Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont has become the favorite to win the Democratic presidential nomination in the coming Democratic primary, according to a new AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll released Monday.
Sanders has the support of 51 percent of registered Democrats, while Clinton has 49 percent, according the poll.
The Democratic primary will be held Feb. 1 in Iowa, followed by the March 2 caucuses in New Hampshire.
The Iowa poll also found that Sanders has a solid lead over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton among voters who identified themselves as “very liberal” or “somewhat liberal” — more than four-to-one.
Sanders has a clear advantage among those voters, but Clinton’s support among this group is much lower, with 37 percent saying they approve of her job performance and 46 percent saying she is not doing enough to help the middle class.
Sanders also leads among self-identified moderates — those who say they lean toward either Democratic or lean Republican — with a 53-33 percent margin.
Clinton is also viewed favorably by Democrats.
Sanders leads Clinton by a wide margin among independents, who give Clinton a 48-to, 46-to split.
Sanders and Clinton also split nearly evenly among men, but Sanders leads her by a large margin.
Sanders leads by nearly double digits among self said to be “very likely” Democratic voters, who support Clinton by more than three-to of one, with 52 percent to Clinton’s 31 percent.
Sanders’ favorable ratings are also higher than those of his Democratic opponents.
Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., who is running for U.S. Senate, has favorable ratings of 49 percent to 49 percent among likely Democratic voters.
Former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, who also is seeking the Democratic nod, is at 45 percent favorable to Sanders’ 43 percent.
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who announced his candidacy last week, has negative ratings of 43 percent to 50 percent among Democratic voters who say the same.
In the general election, Sanders is favored by 47 percent to 42 percent among registered voters, with Johnson at 19 percent and Bloomberg at 10 percent.
Sanders also has strong support among young people, a key voting bloc in both parties.
Sanders won the Iowa caucuses last year with large margins among voters under 30 and black voters, while Johnson and Bloomberg won the general.
The poll also showed that Sanders is viewed favorably among men and women, with the former on 45 percent to 43 percent and the latter on 43 percent, while women have a negative image of him.
Sanders is viewed by the general public as more likely to be a “real” independent, which includes not having an affiliated party or not having voted for a presidential candidate before.
But he is viewed as a “true Democrat” by a smaller percentage of voters, the poll found.
Sanders, for example, is viewed more favorably than Clinton, Johnson and Johnson-Webb.
The new poll finds that more than a third of respondents said that the Sanders campaign has been a good thing for the country.
The AP-Norco Center for Politics found in August that nearly three-quarters of voters said the Sanders presidential campaign has helped the country in some way, while just under half said the same of Clinton.
Sanders’ popularity is tied for third among voters, behind Clinton and Johnson