First Weekly Poll Finds Trump Still Leads GOP Field, Clinton Leads Sanders by 17-Point Margin
Polling Partnership With SurveyMonkey Extends Through 2018
January 5, 2016 – NBC News and SurveyMonkey are extending their partnership to launch weekly, scientifically-valid online polls to provide instant and thorough snapshots of voter behaviors and attitudes throughout the 2016 election cycle.
According to the first poll in the new series, released today, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump maintains a sizable lead over the rest of the party’s candidates. Among Republican or Republican-leaning registered voters, Trump has 35 percent support compared to 18 percent for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and 13 percent for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). Read more: http://nbcnews.to/1VErNl1.
In the Democratic field, former Sec. Hillary Clinton leads Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) by a 17-point margin – 53 to 36 – with only 2 percent of registered Democrat and Democratic-leaning voters supporting former Gov. Martin O’Malley. Read more: http://nbcnews.to/1O2xkPI.
Each weekly poll will draw from a nationally representative sample of several thousand adults 18 and over — offering unique, immediate insight on attitudinal trends among potential voters.  Respondents are randomly selected from the millions of people using the SurveyMonkey platform daily. 
Since 2014, NBC News|SurveyMonkey polls have gauged the opinions of hundreds of thousands of Americans. The two organizations are extending their partnership through 2018 to offer the latest insight on current public opinions.
More from the first weekly poll, including a full description of the methodology, can be found here: http://bit.ly/1O89YWB. 
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About SurveyMonkey
SurveyMonkey is the world’s leading online survey platform, with more than 3 million survey responses every day. SurveyMonkey has revolutionized the way people give and take feedback, making it accessible, easy and affordable for everyone. The company was founded in 1999 with a focus on helping people make better decisions, and has built technology based on over 15 years of experience in survey methodology and web development. Customers include 99 percent of the Fortune 500, academic institutions, organizations and neighborhood soccer leagues everywhere. The company has over 700 employees globally, with headquarters in Palo Alto, CA. For more information, visit www.surveymonkey.com.
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