Poll: Bernie Sanders holds 9-point lead in New Hampshire

Poll: Bernie Sanders holds 9-point lead in New Hampshire
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOcasio-Cortez says she doesn't plan on 'staying in the House forever' What a Biden administration should look like Ocasio-Cortez: 'Trump is the racist visionary, but McConnell gets the job done' MORE (I-Vt.) has jumped out to a commanding lead over his 2020 Democratic primary opponents in New Hampshire, according to a new CNN poll of the early primary state

The survey, which was released on Sunday and conducted by New Hampshire University, found that 25 percent of likely Democratic primary voters favor the progressive Vermont senator, a four-point increase from October. Sixteen percent of respondents said they would pick former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillary Clinton responds to Chrissy Teigen tweet: 'I love you back' Supreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline Overnight Defense: Trump campaign's use of military helicopter raises ethics concerns | Air Force jets intercept aircraft over Trump rally | Senators introduce bill to expand visa screenings MORE to be the Democratic nominee. 

Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegWhat a Biden administration should look like Conservative operatives Wohl, Burkman charged in Ohio over false robocalls LGBTQ voters must show up at the polls, or risk losing progress MORE earned a five-point boost in support to 15 percent, surpassing Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWhat a Biden administration should look like Overnight Defense: Dems want hearing on DOD role on coronavirus vaccine | US and India sign data-sharing pact | American citizen kidnapped in Niger Conservative operatives Wohl, Burkman charged in Ohio over false robocalls MORE (D-Mass) to come in third. Warren, who placed second in New Hampshire in an identical poll from October, appeared in fourth with 12 percent support. The figure represents a 6-point slide over the last few months for the Massachusetts senator. 


Sanders, Biden, Buttigieg and Warren were the only candidates to register double-digit support among Democrats. Sen. Amy Kobuchar (D-Minn.) earned 6 percent support, while Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardHarris faces biggest moment in spotlight yet Ocasio-Cortez slams Tulsi Gabbard for amplifying ballot harvesting video Republicans call on DOJ to investigate Netflix over 'Cuties' film MORE (D-Hawaii) and tech entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangPelosi spars with CNN's Blitzer over COVID-19 aid: 'You really don't know what you're talking about' The shape of guaranteed income Biden's latest small business outreach is just ... awful MORE earned the backing of 5 percent of voters. The result qualifies Yang for the February Democratic debate. 

The New Hampshire survey comes as polls increasingly show Sanders in position to contend with Biden for the Democratic nomination. A new Washington Post-ABC News survey showed that the two are the only candidates registering at least 20 percent support nationally among Democratic leaning voters. In addition, recent polls have shown Sanders neck and neck with Biden in Iowa. 

A WBUR News survey released last week also found Sanders with a double-digit lead over the field in New Hampshire, the second state to hold a presidential primary. 

CNN noted that Sanders has increased his support (13 percentage points) among liberal likely primary voters in New Hampshire. This has come at the expense of Warren, whose support among that block has slid by seven points. In total, 39 percent of liberal likely primary voters favor Sanders, while 21 percent back Warren. 

Thirty-nine percent of likely Democratic primary voters say Sanders will win the New Hampshire primary. But 49 percent of respondents acknowledge that they are still considering their selection. Sanders won New Hampshire by more than 20 points during the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries.

The CNN poll was conducted between Jan. 15 and Jan. 23 among a random population of 1,176 adults in New Hampshire, including 516 likely Democratic primary. The margin of error is 4.3 percent.