A New Hampshire poll conducted August 7th-10th revealed that Hillary Clinton is no longer in the lead nationwide. Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders has been experiencing a steady increase in popularity since he joined the race in May, but this is the first time he has managed to surpass his female contender.
The Boston Herald polled 442 New Hampshire citizens planning to cast their vote in the primary. Results show Bernie Sanders in the lead with 44%. Hillary falls in second place with 37%. The other Democratic presidential hopefuls – Martin O’Malley, Lincoln Chafee, and Jim Webb – registered at 1% or less. Joe Biden, who isn’t even a candidate, earned 9% of the vote.
These numbers don’t come as a huge surprise considering how well Sanders has been doing with his public image. His recent campaign events have drawn gigantic crowds.
The Vermont Senator’s rise has been dramatic. Consider the results of a New Hampshire poll in March: the socialist had only 8% of the vote compared to Hillary’s 44%.
According to New Hampshire voters, the #1 reason they picked Sanders is that he “supports issues important to” them. Twenty percent of those who picked Sanders agreed that he “stands firm” on his beliefs. A paltry 3% think the same of Hillary. Although rather vague, the #1 reason for supporting Hillary is that she has the “best qualifications.”
A recent poll of Iowa voters conducted by Public Policy Polling found that Clinton’s support has decreased from 62% to 52% while support for Sanders has jumped from 14% to 25%.
Although many believe Hillary a shoo-in for the primary election, it seems her fight will be a little harder than expected. Interestingly enough, the Boston Herald Poll showed that despite voting for Sanders when given the choice, 65% still believe Hillary will win.