Following the party’s first debate, New Hampshire Democrats continue to favor Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., a Franklin Pierce University-Boston Herald poll shows.
Sanders maintained a 10-point lead in the Granite State over former
secretary of State Hillary Clinton, winning the support of 48% of those
polled from Oct. 14-17, compared to Clinton’s 38%
If Vice President Biden were to run, Sanders would still be in the lead
with 38%. Biden would attract 19% of the vote, behind Clinton (30%).
Though Clinton is the front-runner nationally, Sanders has been leading in New Hampshire, his neighboring state, which holds the first primary.
His favorability among the state’s likely Democratic primary voters has climbed from 56% in March to 83%, while Clinton’s has slipped from 84% to 74% over the same period, according to the poll.
Most voters polled — 55% — said they could change their mind. But 70% of Sanders’ supporters said they had made a “firm choice” to vote for him, compared to 62% who have made a “firm choice” for Clinton.
Still, most of those polled — 64% — believe Clinton will win the
Democratic nomination followed by 13% for Sanders.
The survey’s sampling error is 4.9 percentage points. The New Hampshire primary is on Feb. 9.
Last week, a Suffolk University poll, conducted with The Boston Globe, showed Clinton with a slight edge in New Hampshire following the debate, though her lead was within the margin of error. Clinton has been widely seen as the winner of the first debate in Las Vegas on Oct. 13.
Source : OnPolitics