New AZ poll gives narrow edges to Cruz, Sanders

Posted at 2:33 PM, Mar 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-20 01:21:52-04

Arizona voters do not have a clear-cut choice for president as yet. 

A March 17 poll conducted by Bruce Merrill, a professor emeritus at Arizona State University, shows that voters are fairly split when it comes to who may end up on the November ballot. 

Between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, 38 percent would vote for Trump, 38 percent would vote for Clinton, 15 percent are undecided and 9 percent said neither.

On a Clinton and Ted Cruz ballot, 41 percent would vote for Cruz, 35 percent would vote for Clinton, 14 percent are undecided and 10 percent said neither. 

If the election was between Trump and Bernie Sanders, 39 percent would vote for Sanders, 36 percent would vote for Trump, 18 percent are undecided and 7 percent said neither. 

Tara Blanc, co-director of The Merrill Poll and a public policy professor at the University of Southern California, attributed the close races partially to being months away from the election.

She said voters want something different too.

"I think, honestly, they're not happy with the status quo, they want something quite different, they just don't know what that is," Blanc said. 

The Merrill Poll, which surveyed 701 Arizona voters by telephone - 45 percent Republican, 33 percent Democrat and 22 percent Independent - was conducted between March 7 and March 11.

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