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

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe media have fallen out of love with Bernie, but have voters? Top Zelensky aide refutes Sondland testimony The great AI debate: What candidates are (finally) saying about artificial intelligence 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 SandersSanders urges impeachment trial 'quickly' in the Senate The media have fallen out of love with Bernie, but have voters? Steyer rolls out 5B plan to invest in historically black colleges MORE (I-Vt.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe media have fallen out of love with Bernie, but have voters? Krystal Ball: Media turns on Buttigieg, will this end him? Senate Democrats demand Trump fire Stephen Miller MORE (D-Calif.), who came in at 65.3 percent and 62.5 percent respectively.

Sens. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerSanders urges impeachment trial 'quickly' in the Senate Steyer rolls out 5B plan to invest in historically black colleges The great AI debate: What candidates are (finally) saying about artificial intelligence MORE (D-N.J.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe media have fallen out of love with Bernie, but have voters? Buttigieg surrogate on candidate's past consulting work: 'I don't think it matters' Steyer rolls out 5B plan to invest in historically black colleges 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 GillibrandOvernight Defense: Bombshell report reveals officials misled public over progress in Afghanistan | Amazon accuses Trump of 'improper pressure' in Pentagon contract decision | House Judiciary holds final impeachment hearing Gillibrand demands hearing following release of 'Afghanistan Papers' White House, Congress near deal to give 12 weeks paid parental leave to all federal workers 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 DelaneyThe great AI debate: What candidates are (finally) saying about artificial intelligence Delaney to DNC: Open second debate stage for candidates who qualified for past events Krystal Ball: What Harris's exit means for the other 2020 candidates 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.