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 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

However, the field is likely not yet complete, and some candidates, like Sens. Kirsten Gilibrand (D-N.Y.), 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.), and Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownBipartisan housing finance reform on the road less taken Hillicon Valley: Google to promote original reporting | Senators demand answers from Amazon on worker treatment | Lawmakers weigh response to ransomware attacks Senate Democrats want answers on 'dangerous' Amazon delivery system MORE (D-Oh.) have relatively low name recognition outside of their states. 

— Julia Manchester