After a commanding debate in the first Democratic debate,the Democrat presidential front runner regained a narrow lead over Bernie Sanders in the crucial state of New Hampshire, a new Suffolk University Poll of likely Democratic voters finds.
Clinton had 37% and Sanders at 35%. That’s within the poll’s 4.4 percentage point margin of error, in a survey taken in conjunction with The Boston Globe.
The Poll of 500 taken, Wednesday and Thursday, is the first public poll released in the aftermath of Tuesday’s debate.
Even what is essentially a tie reflects an improvement for the former
secretary of State in the Granite State, which holds the first presidential primary next February. In the four most recent previous statewide polls, averaged by RealClearPolitics, the Vermont senator had led Clinton, 39% to 30%.
In the new survey, Vice President Biden, who hasn’t decided whether to run, was at 11%. Former Virginia senator Jim Webb was at 3%, and
former governors Martin O’Malley of Maryland and Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island were each at 1%.
Among the 283 Democrats who watched the debate, a 54% chose Clinton as the winner; 24% chose Sanders.
New Hampshire Democrats also see Clinton as having the best chance of winning the general election next November. A 52% majority chose her, compared with 16% who cited Sanders and 14% Biden.
Even so, questions of trust continues to dog Clinton. Asked which of the potential candidates they trusted the most, 33% chose Sanders, 23% Biden and 22% Clinton.
But by nearly 2-1, 62%-36%, they said the controversy over her emails at the State Department didn’t bother them And Clinton’s position in support of gun control measures was more in step with voters than Sanders, who has voted against some of the proposals: 41% say Clinton more closely reflects their position on guns; 24% Sanders. They also are inclined to say Biden shouldn’t run. Fifty percent said he shouldn’t, while 36% said he should.
Source : OnPolitics