Poll: Biden, Sanders, Harris early Dem favorites in New Hampshire

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 leads the pack of Democratic presidential hopefuls in favorability among New Hampshire Democratic voters, according to a new survey from the Saint Anselm College Survey Center.

An overwhelming majority of respondents — 80 percent — reported favorable views of Biden, while only 12.8 percent said they have an unfavorable opinion of the former vice president.


Trailing Biden in favorability was 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 Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisFive former Obama ambassadors back Buttigieg Harris: Integrity of US justice system 'took a real blow' with Barr's actions Sanders announces first endorsements in South Carolina MORE (D-Calif.), who came in at 65.3 percent and 62.5 percent respectively.

Sens. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerButtigieg says he wouldn't be opposed to having Phish play at his inauguration Sanders announces first endorsements in South Carolina Buttigieg to fundraise in DC with major Obama, Clinton bundlers next month: report MORE (D-N.J.) and 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.) were just behind with 60.9 percent and 60.2 percent respectively.

But despite their relatively high favorability ratings, Sanders and Warren also came in with some of the highest unfavorable ratings, at 24.8 percent and 28.3 percent respectively, according to the survey.

The poll of registered voters in the crucial first-in-the-nation primary state suggests that Biden, who has yet to announce whether he will seek the White House in 2020, would enter the Democratic primary field with a strong early advantage.

“The field is beginning to take shape a year out from the 2020 New Hampshire Primary,” said Neil Levesque, the executive director of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College. “It’s still early, but a handful of candidates are already well-known to voters.”

While Biden saw the highest favorability in the Saint Anselm poll, he tied with Sanders in terms of name recognition at 99.6 percent. Like Biden, Sanders has not yet said whether he will launch a 2020 presidential campaign.

The survey results, which was conducted from Feb. 6-9, come days after Warren made her 2020 campaign official, formally announcing her entry in the race at an event in Massachusetts on Saturday.

That announcement was followed immediately by a trip to New Hampshire. Other presidential hopefuls, including Booker, Harris and Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandButtigieg says he wouldn't be opposed to having Phish play at his inauguration 2020 Dems call on Mueller to testify about redacted report 2020 Dems blast Barr's defense of Trump before Mueller report's release MORE (D-N.Y.), are slated to head to New Hampshire in the coming days, as well.

Trailing the pack in the Saint Anselm poll was John DelaneyJohn Kevin DelaneySeveral 2020 Dems say they're ready to face Fox News town hall Booker denies 'swipe' at John Delaney after his campaign sent fundraising email attacking Delaney The Hill's 12:30 Report: First look at 2020 money race MORE, a former Maryland congressman who just this week opened a campaign office in the Granite State. The survey showed just 11.3 percent of respondents reporting a favorable opinion of him. A plurality of respondents — 33.8 percent — said they had “no opinion.”

Meanwhile, only about 11.7 percent of respondents reported favorable views of South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, while 22.4 percent said they had no opinion of the nascent presidential candidate.

The Saint Anselm College Survey Center poll surveyed 600 registered New Hampshire voters in all. The candidate favorability numbers are based on responses from 258 people who indicated that they plan to vote in the state’s Democratic presidential primary next year. The poll’s overall margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.