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 SandersTrump complains of 'fake polls' after surveys show him trailing multiple Democratic candidates The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - Trump attack on progressive Dems draws sharp rebuke Judd Gregg: Counting the costs of Democrats' desires MORE (I-Vt.) as front-runners in the potential Democratic primary field. 

Despite his loss to unseat Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGOP senators ask for federal investigation into social media companies' decision-making The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - Trump attack on progressive Dems draws sharp rebuke Ted Cruz blasts Tennessee GOP governor for declaration honoring early KKK leader MORE (R-Texas), Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeO'Rourke says he and his wife are descended from slave owners House Democrat on O'Rourke: 'I wouldn't count him out yet' Castro responds to Obama DHS secretary criticism: Open borders are 'a right-wing talking point' 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 KlobucharSunday shows - Immigration raids dominate Klobuchar: Trump 'wants this chaos' caused by expected ICE raids 2020 Democrats push tax hike on wealthy investors 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 TrumpCNN's Camerota clashes with Trump's immigration head over president's tweet LA Times editorial board labels Trump 'Bigot-in-Chief' Trump complains of 'fake polls' after surveys show him trailing multiple Democratic candidates MORE in 2020.

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

— Julia Manchester