A poll released Monday showed Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) leading in New Hampshire amongst Democratic primary opponents.
- Bernie Sanders: 30 percent
- Joe Biden: 18 percent
- Pete Buttigieg: 15 percent
The first primaries in Iowa are still 9 months away, but the political atmosphere is hyper-focused on 2020 already. There are now 16 major candidates running against President Donald Trump.
The Granite State Poll was released by the University of New Hampshire included five hundred forty-nine (549) randomly selected adults. The poll was conducted in English through landline and cell phones between April 10 and April 18, of this year. The survey had a margin of sampling error of +/-4.2 percent. This included “208 likely 2020 Republican Primary voters (margin of sampling error +/-6.8 percent) and 241 likely 220 Democratic Primary voters (margin of sampling error +/-6.8 percent).”
Other polls have Sanders in lead:
Morning Consult: 24 percent (4/15-4/21, national poll)
Change Research: 20 percent (4/12-4/15, national poll)
Emerson College: 29 percent (4/11-4/14, national poll)
Gravis: 19 percent (4/17-4/18, Iowa poll)
Monmouth University: 16 percent (4/4-4/9, Iowa poll)
David Binder Research: 17 percent (3/21-3/24, Iowa poll)
While the poll(s) highlight(s) Sanders in a strong lead, it also depicts the steady rise of Mayor Pete’s popularity in a Democratic base looking for a fresh face. Yet, at the same time, Biden has national name recognition and ties to big fundraisers across the country shooting him to the top of the pack.
Biden is speculated to announce any day now.
The New Hampshire polls come on the heels of Sanders wrapping up a CNN Town Hall debate with other Democratic presidential candidates.
Sanders, in particular, was faced with a tough question regarding his socialist ideals from a Harvard University student Samantha Frankel-Popell. The student’s family fled Soviet Russia.
“Thank you for asking that question,” Sanders said. “Is it your assumption that I supported or believe in authoritarian communism that existed in the Soviet Union? I don’t. I never have, and I opposed it. I believe in a vigorous democracy.
“What Democratic socialism means to me is we expand Medicare, we provide educational opportunity to all Americans, we rebuild our crumbling infrastructure.”
Marissa Martinez is a political contributor for Accuracy in Media. She is the former political director to Massachusetts Governor’s re-election campaign, alumna of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and political consultant to national PACs. Follow her stories, @MarissaAlisa.