Hillary Rodham Clinton’s lead among Democratic primary voters in New Hampshire is now only in the single-digits as Sen. Bernard Sanders continues to surge in polling.
A WMUR / CNN Granite State poll released Thursday afternoon showed the former first lady as the presidential choice of 43 percent of likely voters in the first-in-the-nation Democratic primary, while Mr. Sanders is preferred by 35 percent — just eight points behind.
Vice President Joseph R. Biden was the choice of 8 percent of Democrats, with former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley drawing 2 percent support and former Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia getting 1 percent. The survey of 360 likely Democratic-primary voters was conducted June 18-24 by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center and has an error margin of 5.2 percent.
Mrs. Clinton has led polling for months in New Hampshire, in every other state and nationwide by margins of 20, 30 and even 50 percentage points. A year ago, Mrs. Clinton led Mr. Sanders in New Hampshire by 59 percent to 5 percent.
“But Clinton is also the candidate who most likely voters say is the least honest, with 28 percent putting her in that category, as compared to only 2 percent for Sanders, while 60 percent of the Democratic primary voters said they did not know,” WMUR reported. “Sanders has seen a big increase in the number of likely voters who view him favorably. It is now up to 66 percent, while only 11 percent view him unfavorably.”