Clinton opens 31-point lead against Sanders ahead of debate

Sen. Bernie Sanders told The Huffington Post Thursday that he's already started writing his inauguration speech, but a new poll says he may not need it, as he trails front-runner Hillary Clinton by 31 points.

The former secretary of State garnered 59 percent of the support of Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll released Friday. Sanders, down 6 points from November, has 28 percent. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley picked up 5 percent support, up from 3 percent.

The poll said 44 percent of those asked found Sanders the most honest and trustworthy, and 38 percent said the same of Clinton. However, 64 percent to 26 percent said Clinton would be better than Sanders on handling terrorism. More people thought Clinton is closer to them on the issues and better understands their problems.

Langer Research Associates conducted the poll of 1,002 U.S. adults from Dec. 10-13 with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. Among the Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters surveyed, the margin of error is plus or minus 5.5 percentage points.

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