Sen. Bernard Sanders is nearly doubling up Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, extending his lead in the polls to 60 percent versus her 33 percent, according to the latest CNN/WMUR survey Tuesday evening.
The Vermont independent, who is challenging Mrs. Clinton for Democrats’ presidential nomination, is riding an overwhelming wave of popularity, with a stunning 91 percent of voters viewing him favorably. Mrs. Clinton, meanwhile, has steadily dropped, from 74 percent approve in June to 65 percent now — still high, but nothing compared to the stratospheric rates of Mr. Sanders.
The CNN/WMUR poll’s 27-point Sanders lead is a bit of an outlier among recent New Hampshire surveys. Factoring it out of the equation, Mr. Sanders would possess an average 7.5 percentage-point advantage among the remaining polls cited in the Real Clear Politics roundup. However, it is the still the third of the four most-recent surveys to put Mr. Sanders ahead by double-digits.
Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who is also running for the nomination, lags well behind, with 26 percent holding a favorable view, 27 percent an unfavorable opinion and 29 percent who still haven’t heard of him.
Voters increasingly see Mrs. Clinton as dishonest, with 55 percent rating her the “least honest” in the field. That’s up from just 28 percent who said so in June.