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 SandersBernie SandersButtigieg on Biden's Iraq War vote: 'that vote was a mistake' Buttigieg on Biden's Iraq War vote: 'that vote was a mistake' The generational divide of Joe Biden and the Democratic Party MORE (I-Vt.), and potential 2020 hopeful former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenButtigieg on Biden's Iraq War vote: 'that vote was a mistake' Buttigieg on Biden's Iraq War vote: 'that vote was a mistake' Ocasio-Cortez starts petition to repeal Hyde Amendment 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 WarrenJulián Castro defends going on Fox: I'm focused on 'the people out there watching' Julián Castro defends going on Fox: I'm focused on 'the people out there watching' O'Rourke unveils plan to support women, minority-owned businesses 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