In the most recent McClatchy-Marist poll, Sen. Bernie Sanders continues to hold his advantage over Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Carly Fiorina, and most other Republican candidates.

This poll is the first to report that Sanders holds an advantage over Jeb Bush, a sign that true Democratic values are gaining ground as Big Business politicians are on their way out. Previous polls have had Sanders and Bush neck and neck, with Bush sometimes polling slightly higher.

The only Republican that Sanders polled below was Dr. Ben Carson, which is troubling. Of course, when Carson inevitably drops from the race in order to promote his newest book or talk show that we all know is coming, Sanders will have nothing in his way.

While early polls are not always completely dependable, any positive signs for the Sanders campaign can have an incredible ripple effect as individuals who value what Sanders represents but who question his chances see strong public support.

Republicans have been focusing all of their energy on tearing down former Secretary Clinton, but they may discover that they are ignoring a strong underdog who is ready to bite.

View the McClatchy-Marist poll results in their entirety here.

Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter @SydneyMkay or via email at