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Suffolk Poll: Sanders Leads By 9 Points in NH

Suffolk Poll: Sanders Leads By 9 Points in NH
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By    |   Friday, 22 January 2016 02:03 PM

Sen. Bernie Sanders has a substantial 9-point lead over Hillary Clinton, according to a new Suffolk University poll of likely voters in the upcoming New Hampshire Democratic primary.

The poll, conducted Jan. 19-21, shows:
  • Sanders - 50 percent
  • Clinton - 41 percent
  • Martin O'Malley - 2 percent
  • Undecided - 6 percent
In addition, Sanders, as a longtime Vermont neighbor, is perceived to be a "sort of hometown favorite" and has opened up a large lead in the counties bordering his home state, Suffolk University pollsters say.

Sanders leads Clinton 58 percent to 32 percent in the north and west regions. The three remaining regions combined show a much tighter race.

Statewide, Sanders enjoyed an 80 percent favorable to 12 percent unfavorable rating, while Clinton was viewed favorably by 71 percent of voters and unfavorably by 23 percent.

According to the Suffolk University polling team, despite Sanders' high favorability, likely Democratic voters are more aligned with Clinton on gun control with Clinton taking 44 percent to Sanders' 30 percent.

They also believe the former secretary of state would have the best chance of defeating the Republican nominee this November with Clinton's 60 percent to Sanders' 27 percent.

"Familiarity and favorability are winning the day for Bernie Sanders," said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston.

"But given voters' thoughts about the gun control issue and who is more likely to win in November, the Clinton campaign might gain by pointing out Sanders' vulnerabilities in these areas."

The poll found Sanders fares better when it comes to the issue of trust.

Asked which of the three major Democratic candidates is the most trustworthy, those polled chose Sanders by a 15-point margin — 51 percent to Clinton's 36 percent.

And while 26 percent of likely Democratic voters said they were bothered by Clinton's use of private email as secretary of state, another 71 percent said it is not of concern.

Vice President Joe Biden is not running for president, but when voters were asked if he should jump into the race 17 percent said he should, while 76 percent disagreed.

The poll found that a small number of voters who said they were likely to vote in the Democratic primary could be motivated to switch to the Republican ballot.

About 7 percent said Ohio Gov. John Kasich could persuade them to vote in the GOP primary, while 6 percent were considering Donald Trump, and 3 percent former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

When respondents were asked if they sometimes agree with what businessman and front-runner Trump is saying, 20 percent said they concur with some of the things he is saying, while 75 percent do not.

"Even when some voters plan to select a ballot that doesn't include Trump's name, they seem to have him and his declarations on their minds," Paleologos said.

The poll has a 4.4-point margin of error.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders has a substantial 9-point lead over Hillary Clinton, according to a new Suffolk University poll of likely voters in the upcoming New Hampshire Democratic primary.
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