Former VP Joe Biden Leading in UMass Amherst Poll of New Hampshire Voters - NBC10 Boston

Former VP Joe Biden Leading in UMass Amherst Poll of New Hampshire Voters

Twenty-eight percent of Granite Staters say they would support Biden, who has yet to say whether he is even running in 2020

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    Joe Biden hasn't even announced if he will run for president in 2020, but a new poll finds that he is leading the Democratic field among New Hampshire voters.

    The poll, released Wednesday by the University of Massachusetts Amherst, shows that 28 percent of likely Democratic voters said they would support Biden.

    Twenty percent said they would support Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, 14 percent would support Sen. Kamala Harris of California, and 9 percent of voters indicated support for Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

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    Tatishe Nteta, director of the UMass Poll, said even though it's early, the results show voters seem to be more comfortable with a familiar face.

    "With a roster full of fresh, young faces vying to be the Democratic Party's nominee, New Hampshire’s Democratic primary voters seem more comfortable handing the reins to a seasoned veteran," said Nteta.

    The poll showed Biden garnering the strongest support among likely Democratic voters who identified as moderates, at 39 percent. He also had strong support among older voters, women, and with voters with an income between $40,000 and $100,000.

    Thirty-three percent of voters said their top quality in a candidate was the ability to beat President Donald Trump in 2020. Another 22 percent said their top quality was being honest and trustworthy. Twenty percent want a candidate who best represents their views on the issues.

    "While some argue that the Democratic Party is undergoing an ideological civil war, the one issue that brings all corners of the party together is their desire to select a candidate that will defeat President Trump in 2020," said Nteta.

    The UMass Poll was conducted online by YouGov Feb. 7-15, has a margin of error of 4.8 percent. It interviewed 600 registered voters.

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    The full poll can be found here.


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