Pollster says current 2020 surveys like picking best picture Oscar before movies come out

Pollster Rob Griffin told Hill.TV on Friday that 2020 polling at this point is like saying who should win the best picture at the Academy Awards without seeing any of nominated movies.

"Looking at numbers as early as you mentioned is a little bit of a name recognition game," Griffin, research director at the Democracy Fund Voter Study Group, told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball on "What America's Thinking." 

"Not to put it too much in this context, but it's almost like saying who should win best picture for the Oscar before any of the movies came out," he continued. 

"There's so much that's still going to happen in terms of people just recognizing that," he said.  

Various polls have shown the current state of the 2020 Democratic primary, pitting candidates against each other, as well as President TrumpDonald John TrumpPapadopoulos on AG's new powers: 'Trump is now on the offense' Pelosi uses Trump to her advantage Mike Pence delivers West Point commencement address MORE

However, the field is likely not yet complete, and some candidates, like Sens. Kirsten Gilibrand (D-N.Y.), Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharKlobuchar to roll out policy priorities for farmers in Iowa 2020 hopeful John Delaney unveils T climate plan Samantha Bee slams 2020 Democrats who go on Fox News MORE (D-Minn.), and Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownOn The Money: Judge upholds House subpoena for Trump financial records | Trump vows to appeal ruling by 'Obama-appointed judge' | Canada, Mexico lift retaliatory tariffs on US | IRS audit rate falls Lawmakers grapple with the future of America's workforce The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - Restrictive state abortion laws ignite fiery 2020 debate MORE (D-Oh.) have relatively low name recognition outside of their states. 

— Julia Manchester