Pollster says 2020 polls are only about name recognition at this point

Pollster Mallory Newall said in an interview that aired Thursday on "What America's Thinking" that 2020 polls at this point only tell Americans about candidates' name recognition. 

"It's all about name recognition," Newall, research director at Ipsos Public Affairs, told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on Wednesday. 

Newall's comments come as recent polls show former Vice President Biden and Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersDemocrats' CNN town halls exposed an extreme agenda Buttigieg says he doubts Sanders can win general election Meghan McCain: Bernie Sanders supporting prisoners being able to vote 'bats**t insane' MORE (I-Vt.) as front-runners in the potential Democratic primary field. 

Despite his loss to unseat Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCornyn campaign, Patton Oswalt trade jabs over comedian's support for Senate candidate MJ Hegar announces Texas Senate bid Liberal survey: Sanders cruising, Buttigieg rising MORE (R-Texas), Rep. Beto O'RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O'RourkeOvernight Defense: 2020 Dems rebuke Trump on Iran deal | Trump appeals ruling on male-only draft | Kudlow claims Iran sanctions won't hike oil prices Castro wants to follow Obama's lead on balancing presidency with fatherhood Poll: Buttigieg tops Harris, O'Rourke as momentum builds MORE (D-Texas) is also seen by voters as a potential favorable contender. 

"His name recognition has also risen I mean, you don't raise $38 million dollars in one quarter alone and not see a huge boost in your national name ID," Newall said of O'Rourke. 

Biden, Sanders, O'Rourke, and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharDemocrats' CNN town halls exposed an extreme agenda Spicer: 'Near impossible' for 2020 Democrats to refuse Fox News debate James Comey, wife donated ,400 to Klobuchar's presidential campaign MORE (D-Minn.) topped a new Focus on Rural America poll first obtained by Politico, which was conducted among Iowa voters.

The Democratic field could see more than 20 contenders line up for the chance to take on President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats' CNN town halls exposed an extreme agenda Buttigieg says he doubts Sanders can win general election Post-Mueller, Trump has a good story to tell for 2020 MORE in 2020.

The DNC on Thursday announced they would have a schedule of 12 primary debates between 2019 and 2020.

— Julia Manchester