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 TrumpHow to stand out in the crowd: Kirsten Gillibrand needs to find her niche Countdown clock is on for Mueller conclusions Omar: White supremacist attacks are rising because Trump publicly says 'Islam hates us' MORE

However, the field is likely not yet complete, and some candidates, like Sens. Kirsten Gilibrand (D-N.Y.), Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharWhy do so many Democrats embrace hate speech? Biden, Sanders edge Trump in hypothetical 2020 matchups in Fox News poll Omar controversies shadow Dems at AIPAC MORE (D-Minn.), and Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownTrump mounts Rust Belt defense Warren, Klobuchar call on FTC to curtail use of non-compete clauses The Hill's Morning Report - Trump, Dems put manufacturing sector in 2020 spotlight MORE (D-Oh.) have relatively low name recognition outside of their states. 

— Julia Manchester