According to a new poll from Quinnipiac University, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont may be the Democrats’ best bet for winning another four years in the White House.
Though Hillary Clinton has a 30-point advantage over Sanders, a 12-point increase from a Nov. 4 survey, in hypothetical matchups between Sanders and the lead Republican candidates, Sanders came out on top.
Sanders surpassed Republican front-runner Donald Trump with 49 to 41 percent, and Sen. Marco Rubio with 44 to 43 percent. Sanders also bested Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas by 10 points and former neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson by 6 points.
Clinton also performed better than all of her Republican counterparts, but her leads over Cruz and Carson were smaller than Sanders’. Like Sanders, Clinton had a one-point advantage over Rubio with 45 to 44 percent.
Though there are still 11 months before voters make their final selection, the poll outcome could signal a promising future for Democrats.
Trump still has something of a monopoly as Carson has dropped to third place, tied with Cruz, and Rubio has surged into second, but 26 percent of the Republican voters polled said they "would definitely not support" Trump.