Poll: Bernie Sanders Ties Hillary Clinton In New Hampshire

| by Ethan Brown

Just two weeks following a poll that showed Clinton trailing three Republican rivals in key swing states, the former U.S. Secretary of State is also now in a dead heat with her most formidable Democratic opponent.

In the WMUR Granite State poll from New Hampshire, 42 percent of Democrats support Clinton to Sanders’ 36 percent. But, as the New York Times notes, the survey's six-point margin of error means Sanders and Clinton are technically in a statistical tie.

Another blow to Clinton’s campaign is that her favorability ratings in the crucial primary state trail those of Sanders. Fifty-nine percent of Democrats have a favorable view of the self-identified Democratic-Socialist from Vermont while 54 percent feel the same way about Clinton.

Clinton’s other Democratic opponents, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and former Virginia Senator Jim Webb, barely register on the polls. Vice President Joe Biden’s potential presidential candidacy may play a factor in the future, but he still remains a distant third in the current numbers.

A previous poll from late July was also damaging to Clinton’s campaign; Republican presidential contenders Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush defeated Clinton in head-to-head matchups in Colorado, Iowa and Virginia, the Times also noted. Peter Brown, who conducted the poll released by Quinnipiac University, commented on Clinton’s declining popularity.

“She has lost ground in the horse race and on key questions about her honesty and leadership,” Brown said.

However, only 20 percent of New Hampshire Democrats say they have definitively decided on who they will support in the primary and election. With the primary season still six months away, Clinton has plenty of time to reinvigorate her campaign and woo more supporters.

Sources: The New York Times (2), WMUR

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