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

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFive takeaways from Trump's 2020 kickoff rally Five takeaways from Trump's 2020 kickoff rally Sanders tears into Trump in response to campaign kickoff rally 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.

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Trailing Biden in favorability was Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFive takeaways from Trump's 2020 kickoff rally Five takeaways from Trump's 2020 kickoff rally Sanders tears into Trump in response to campaign kickoff rally MORE (I-Vt.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBiden, Sanders to be center stage at first debate Biden, Sanders to be center stage at first debate Poll: Six Dems lead Trump in Florida match-ups MORE (D-Calif.), who came in at 65.3 percent and 62.5 percent respectively.

Sens. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerWarren introduces universal child care legislation Warren introduces universal child care legislation Booker responds to Trump's mass deportation threat: 'This is not who we are' MORE (D-N.J.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSanders tears into Trump in response to campaign kickoff rally Sanders tears into Trump in response to campaign kickoff rally Warren introduces universal child care legislation 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 GillibrandOvernight Health Care: Democrats attack after Trump revives talk of ObamaCare replacement | Cruz, Ocasio-Cortez efforts on birth control face major obstacles | CVS investing M to fight teen e-cig use Overnight Health Care: Democrats attack after Trump revives talk of ObamaCare replacement | Cruz, Ocasio-Cortez efforts on birth control face major obstacles | CVS investing M to fight teen e-cig use Trump's 2020 campaign strategy is to be above the law 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 DelaneyEx-Democratic lawmaker: Medicare needs have changed 'dramatically' over last 50 years Ex-Democratic lawmaker: Medicare needs have changed 'dramatically' over last 50 years Five takeaways from first Democratic debate lineup 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.