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 SandersBernie SandersJimmy Carter: 'I hope there's an age limit' on presidency 2020 candidates keep fitness on track while on the trail Mark Mellman: The most important moment in history? MORE (I-Vt.) as front-runners in the potential Democratic primary field. 

Despite his loss to unseat Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzDemocrats seize Senate floor to protest gun inaction: 'Put up or shut up' Prospects for Trump gun deal grow dimmer Ted Cruz knocks New York Times for 'stunning' correction on Kavanaugh report MORE (R-Texas), Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeOvernight Energy: Top presidential candidates to skip second climate forum | Group sues for info on 'attempts to politicize' NOAA | Trump allows use of oil reserve after Saudi attacks Five top 2020 Democrats haven't committed to MSNBC climate forum Yang campaign says it received 450K entries for 'Freedom Dividend' contest 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 KlobucharMark Mellman: The most important moment in history? Democrats press for action on election security Antitrust enforcers in turf war over Big Tech 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 TrumpJimmy Carter: 'I hope there's an age limit' on presidency White House fires DHS general counsel: report Trump to cap California trip with visit to the border MORE in 2020.

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

— Julia Manchester