- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent, leads former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton by 7 points in the early state of New Hampshire, according to a poll released Tuesday that showed support for Mr. Sanders increasing by 30 points since April.

Mr. Sanders was the choice of 42 percent of Democratic primary voters, followed by Mrs. Clinton at 35 percent, according to the poll from the Democratic-leaning firm Public Policy Polling (PPP).

“New Hampshire is really unique in the Democratic race,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “We still find Hillary Clinton well ahead everywhere else, but it’s clear at this point that there’s a real race in the Granite State.”

Indeed, Mr. Sanders has actually pulled ahead of Mrs. Clinton in the RealClearPolitics average of recent public polling on the 2016 Democratic field in New Hampshire.

In an April PPP survey, Mrs. Clinton had been at 45 percent, followed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts at 23 percent, Mr. Sanders at 12 percent, and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. at 7 percent.

In the survey released Tuesday, former Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia was next at 6 percent, followed by 4 percent for former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, 2 percent for former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, and 1 percent for Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig.

Mr. Biden, who is said to be weighing an entrance into the 2016 contest, was not included.

Seventy-eight percent of Democrats said they have a favorable view of Mr. Sanders, compared to 12 percent who have a negative view of him. Mrs. Clinton had a 63 percent/25 percent favorable/unfavorable split, down from a 78 percent/10 percent split in April.

Mrs. Clinton had a 17-point, 51 percent to 34 percent lead among seniors, but Mr. Sanders had a 16-point, 45 percent to 29 percent lead among people under the age of 65.

Mr. Sanders had a 14-point, 44 percent to 30 percent lead among men and a 3-point, 41 percent to 38 percent lead among women.

Mr. Sanders had a 13-point lead with “somewhat liberal” voters, at 45 percent to 32 percent, a 9-point, 46 percent to 37 percent lead among “very liberal” voters, and a 4-point, 40 percent to 36 percent lead among moderates.

The survey of 370 Democratic primary voters was taken from Aug. 21-24 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 5.1 percent.

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