Is Bernie Sanders’ Slide Evidence Of The SNL Effect?

The former Secretary of State now has 20-point lead over the Vermont senator in new poll.

Clinton surges in the latest poll from after the debate. — REUTERS
Oct 20, 2015 at 2:06 PM ET

Bernie Sanders’ Internet game might not be enough to win this thing. Sure, the Vermont Senator dominated the Twitter war during the first Democratic debate last week, but the latest poll says his numbers are way down.

Hillary Clinton surged ahead of Sanders in the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Without Vice President Joe Biden in the race (since he has yet to tell us his final decision), the former Secretary of State leads the Vermont senator by 20 points. The poll was conducted October 15-18 after the debate–meaning Clinton’s rising numbers could be because of what many saw as a polished performance.

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Another factor in Clinton’s increased support could be her “Saturday Night Live” performance on Oct. 3 that proved she can make fun of herself (at least on camera). But the polls have yet to reflect Sanders’ latest potential advantage after Larry David’s game-changing impression of him on Saturday’s episode.

According to the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, Clinton has 58 percent of Democratic primary voters saying they would vote for her without Biden in the race, a five-point increase from September. Sanders, meanwhile, witnessed a drop in his numbers from 38 to 33 percent in the same time frame without Biden in the race. If Biden chooses to enter, he gets 15 percent backing, Clinton rose from 42 to 49 percent support and Sanders sunk from 35 to 29 percent.

Meanwhile, on the Republican side, Donald Trump has solidified 91 days in the lead, which is longer than any other so-called “fad” candidates in the past, including Howard Dean, tweeted Bruce Mehlman at Mehlman Castagnetti. In a CNN poll released on Tuesday, Trump and Carson leads the Republican field at 27 and 22 percent respectively. Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio each have 8 percent support.