NEW YORK — Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are the top-two contenders in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, according to a new poll.
The NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll of registered Democratic voters showed Clinton leading Sanders, 49 percent to 45 percent.
The survey was conducted Feb. 13-17, and the margin of error is 3.6 percentage points.
The poll also found that Democratic primary voters in general view Clinton favorably by a 55 percent to 36 percent margin, and that Sanders’ favorable rating has risen to 43 percent, up from 27 percent in the NBC/WSJ/Marst survey last month.
The results are consistent with the NBC News poll released Monday.
Clinton has been in a tight race with Sanders in recent weeks, but her lead over the Vermont senator has widened.
In the NBC poll, Sanders had an 18-point lead over Clinton, with the former secretary of state at 48 percent to 41 percent.
Clinton’s favorable rating is down six points since the NBC survey, from 58 percent to 53 percent.
The two are tied for the most favorable rating of any Democratic primary candidate, with Clinton at 42 percent and Sanders at 37 percent.
Sanders’ approval rating has also dropped, from 44 percent to 38 percent.