Name recognition gives Sanders, Biden financial leg up in Dem primary, says GOP pollster

Republican pollster Jim Hobart on Monday told Hill.TV that name ID has given Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersGrassroots America shows the people support Donald Trump Five former Obama ambassadors back Buttigieg Both sides were wrong about Mueller report, and none of it will likely matter for 2020 MORE (I-Vt.), and potential 2020 hopeful former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenFive former Obama ambassadors back Buttigieg Report: Biden will announce 2020 bid next week The Hill's Morning Report — Mueller aftermath: What will House Dems do now? MORE, a financial leg up in the 2020 race.

"I think it's very clear that right now Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders are the front-runners," Hobart, a partner at Public Opinion Strategies, told host Jamal Simmons's on "What America's Thinking." 

"Does that have a lot do to with name ID? Sure, but name ID, if you don't already have it, it's expensive to get, and it's difficult to get," he continued. 

"So, I think that they have reasons to be happy with these numbers," he said, referring to Biden's and Sanders's current poll results. 

Biden has yet to formally announce a presidential bid, but is rumored to be leaning toward getting into the race. 

Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom poll released on Sunday found Biden with a 2-point lead over Sanders in Iowa. 

Twenty-seven percent of likely Iowa Democratic Caucusgoers surveyed said they supported the former vice president, down from 32 percent in December.

Twenty-five percent of respondents said they supported Sanders, who was trailed by Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Hill's Morning Report — Mueller aftermath: What will House Dems do now? Warren spends big on staff in high-stakes 2020 gamble On The Money: Inside the Mueller report | Cain undeterred in push for Fed seat | Analysis finds modest boost to economy from new NAFTA | White House says deal will give auto sector B boost MORE (D-Mass.) at 9 percent, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) with 7 percent and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) with 5 percent.

— Julia Manchester