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Sen. Bernie Sanders is leading Joe Biden in New Hampshire

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Sen. Bernie Sanders is leading in the first primary state New Hampshire, according to a Franklin Pierce University-Boston Herald poll published Wednesday.

The survey shows that 29 percent of probable Democratic voters in the first-in-the-nation primary state stated they support the Vermont senator, while 21 percent are backing Biden. Elizabeth Warren received 17 percent.

The poll of 425 likely Democratic voters was performed from Sept. 4 to Sept. 10. This telephone poll was conducted of possible N.H. primary voters and has a margin of error of +/- 3.4%.

Among the lower polling candidates, 6 percent told they support Sen. Kamala Harris, and 5 percent are with Andrew Yang. Pete Buttigieg is in sixth place with 4 percent.

Also, National frontrunner Joe Biden comes in second place with 21 percent support, followed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) with 17 percent support.

Sen. Bernie Sanders is leading in the New Hampshire
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“It’s clear that Joe Biden needs to come back to the state and earn the voters’ trust again,” stated pollster R. Kelly Myers of RKM Research and Communications, who conducted the survey.

The poll also reveals that President Trump is in a powerful position in the GOP race, with 88% of 414 likely Republican primary voters saying they would choose him again. Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld gets just 3% of the vote, followed by former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh at 1%.

A Gravis Marketing poll published last month also warned Bernie Sanders is leading, showing the socialist senator topping Biden by six percent – 21 percent to Biden’s 15 percent. Warren came in third with 12 percent support, the poll showed. Nevertheless, a CBS News/YouGov Tracker survey released Sunday showed Warren gaining a narrow edge in New Hampshire, besting her counterparts with 27 percent support to Biden’s 26 percent and Sanders’ 25 percent:

As Breitbart News reported, although Bernie Sanders is leading Joe Bidenو there are rumblings that Warren is growing a powerful coalition of support in the state, with many uncertain members reportedly leaning toward Warren. Politico spoke to 100 delegates in New Hampshire and reported that many expressed skepticism on Biden.

Thousands of New Hampshire Democrats gathered last weekend to the state party’s annual convention, where 19 presidential candidates gave speeches and addressed voters. Both Warren and Sanders received warm receptions of the crowd. Biden’s speech met with a more tepid reply, and several party insiders voiced concerns about his candidacy.

Sanders and Warren, two senators who hail from neighboring states, both carry high expectations in New Hampshire. Sanders won New Hampshire by 22 points in his first bid for the White House in 2016.

Overall, deep enthusiasm about voting in 2020 continues to outpace the level measured in previous presidential cycles at about this stage of the contest. Overall, 45% of registered voters report feeling “extremely enthusiastic” about voting, compared with 30% who said so in early September 2015, 28% who felt that way in October of 2011, 26% in June 2007 and just 19% in October 2003.

Democrats and Republicans are about equally likely to express deep enthusiasm for voting: 51% of Republicans are extremely enthusiastic and 47% of Democrats say the same.
Interest is more fervent at the ideological edges of each party, with 54% of liberal Democrats and 56% of conservative Republicans deeply enthusiastic vs. about 4 in 10 in the ideological middle.
Asked to rate the importance of seven top issues, voters overall place health care at the top of the list (51% call is extremely important to their vote for president, the only issue to top 50%), followed by the economy (48% extremely important) and gun policy (47% extremely important).

But the partisan divide on which issues matter is stark. Among Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents, 59% call health care extremely important vs. 40% of Republicans and Republican-leaners. A majority on the GOP side consider the economy critical (53%), while fewer Democrats agree (45%). The sharpest gap comes over climate change. Among Democrats and Democratic-leaners, 56% call it extremely important vs. just 11% of Republicans and Republican-leaners.

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