- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 17, 2015

Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont is leading former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in another poll on the early-voting state of New Hampshire in the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

Mr. Sanders was the choice of 35 percent of likely Democratic primary voters in the state, followed by Mrs. Clinton at 31 percent and Vice President Joseph R. Biden at 14 percent in the WBUR poll released this week. Mr. Biden has not yet announced his 2016 intentions.

Mr. Sanders led Mrs. Clinton by 15 points, 35 percent to 20 percent, among registered independent voters, while Mrs. Clinton had a 40 percent to 34 percent advantage among Democrats.

More voters said they have a favorable opinion of both Mr. Biden and Mr. Sanders than Mrs. Clinton. Sixty-six percent had a favorable view of Mr. Biden, compared to 19 percent with an unfavorable one, and Mr. Sanders had a 64 percent/15 percent favorable/unfavorable split.

Mrs. Clinton had a 56 percent/30 percent favorable/unfavorable split, with 51 percent saying she is “honest and trustworthy.”



Seventy-eight percent said both Mr. Biden and Mr. Sanders are honest and trustworthy.

More voters — 75 percent and 72 percent, respectively — also said Mr. Sanders and Mr. Biden understand the needs of everyday people, compared to 61 percent who said the same of Mrs. Clinton.

Eighty-three percent said Mr. Biden has the right experience to be president, compared to 81 percent who said the same of Mrs. Clinton and 51 percent who said the same of Mr. Sanders.

Voters did deem Mrs. Clinton the most electable of the three, with 56 percent saying she can win the general election, compared to 46 percent for Mr. Biden and 34 percent for Mr. Sanders.

The survey of 404 likely voters was taken Sept. 12-15 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.

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