In an interesting shift, Democratic presidential front runner Hillary Clinton’s popularity has dropped nationally while her primary rival Bernie Sanders gained a slight lead for the first time, according to a latest national poll.
Sanders now has support of 47 per cent of Democratic primary voters as against 44 per cent people who back Clinton.
A month ago, Clinton, had support of 49 per cent of the Democratic primary voters.
This is the first time that Sanders is leading a national poll against Clinton, who not long ago was regularly described as the “presumptive” Democratic nominee, according to the poll released by Fox news ahead of the key South Carolina primary on February 27.
On the Republican side, front runner Donald Trump leads with 36 per cent support from Republican primary voters.
He is followed by Texas Senator Ted Cruz with 19 per cent and Florida Senator Marco Rubio 15 per cent.
Meanwhile, Pope Francis lambasted Donald J. Trump’s views and even suggested “he is not Christian” because of the harshness of his campaign promises to deport nearly 11 million immigrants residing in US and force Mexico to pay for a wall along the border.
“A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian,” Francis said when a reporter asked him about Mr. Trump on the papal airliner as he returned to Rome after his six-day visit to Mexico.
Mr. Trump responded sharply saying that the Pope is seeking to galvanize Republicans who worry about border security and appeal to evangelical voters who regard Francis as too liberal. In his most audacious attack on the most revered public figure, Trump said Francis’ criticisms were “disgraceful” and “unbelievable,” and he contended that the Mexican government had hoodwinked the pope into criticizing him.