U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders works the rope line at a New Year's Eve rally and party at the Renaissance Savery Hotel in Des Moines, Iowa Dec. 31, 2015.
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Poll: Sanders outperforms Clinton in matchup against Trump

Bernie Sanders outperforms Hillary Clinton in a hypothetical general-election matchup against Donald Trump, according to the results from the new NBC New/Wall Street Journal poll.

Sanders leads Trump by 15 points nationally over Trump, 54 percent to 39 percent, while Clinton’s advantage over Trump is 10 points, 51 percent to 41 percent.

Electability has become a flashpoint in the Democratic presidential race between Clinton and Sanders ahead of Sunday night’s debate in Charleston, S.C. The debate airs on NBC at 9:00 pm ET.

The NBC/WSJ poll was conducted Jan. 9-13 of 800 registered voters, which has a margin of error of plus-minus 3.5 percentage points.

This article first appeared on NBCNews.com.

Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

Poll: Sanders outperforms Clinton in matchup against Trump