According to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS, Bernie Sanders, now has the lead. This puts the Vermont senator slightly ahead of his main competitor, Joe Biden. This poll show the first time this has happened among the candidates.
According to Politico, this surge on voters comes at good time for Sanders, as voting as Iowa and other states will begin soon.
The poll shows the state of New Hampshire, (where Sanders had a large primary win in 2016), giving him the lead over the 2020 field.
According to Fox News, the new surveys in New Hampshire came on the same weekend as the latest poll in Iowa. Their caucuses kick off the presidential nominating calendar in just 8 days. New Hampshire voters are traditionally late deciders in the presidential primary, and with just two and a half weeks to go until the Feb. 11 primary, the new poll illustrates that point.
CNN reported that overall, 27% of registered voters who are Democrats or Democratic-leaning independents back Sanders, while 24% favor Biden. However, because this margin is within the poll’s margin for error, we really don’t have a clear leader just yet. But both Sanders and Biden are well ahead of the Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren. Her poll came in at 14%, while Mayor Pete Buttgeig came in at 11%. Even lower in the polls, MAyor Michael Bloomberg came in at 5% and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and businessman Andrew Yang each hold 4% support.
While Sanders holds more popularity among young voters (he’s the top choice of 39 percent of Democrats under the age of 45). However, Warren is also popular with younger voters, but her numbers are 21 points below Sanders. Biden, on the other hand, holds much more popularity with older crowd; he wins 33 percent of 45-and-older Democrats, and 37 percent of the 65-plus set.
According to CNN, Biden remains the candidate a plurality of Democrats say has the best chance to defeat Trump. Forty-five percent said this of Biden, compared with 24% for Sanders, 8% for Warren, 7% for Bloomberg and 4% for Buttigieg). However, Sanders has made strides here as well. He rose from 16% on this question in December to 24% now.
According to Politico, more polling is soon to come, between now and Feb. 3. This includes one more poll from Selzer’s firm on Feb. 1. CNN is also planning to build an entire program around the poll’s release on the Saturday night before the caucuses.