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Bernie Sanders Surges In New Hampshire Polls

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  • Mayor Bernie Sanders sings into the microphone during a recording session in Burlington, Vt., Nov. 20, 1987. The mayor, accompanied by a backup group of Vermont singers, background, is putting out a tape of five songs and a discussion of his philosophy that will be available in stores. Sanders feels music is a powerful way to communicate with the masses.
  • Burlington Mayor Bernard Sanders greets presidential candidate Jesse Jackson at a campaign appearance at Montpelier City Hall, Dec. 31, 1988. Sanders, the nation's only Socialist mayor, told a crowd of 1,000 people that he supports Jackson.
  • Bernard Sanders raises his arms in victory after defeating Republican Rep. Peter Smith in the race for Vermont's lone House seat, Nov. 6, 1990. Sanders is the first Socialist elected to the House in nearly half a century.
  • Representative-elect Bernard Sanders of Vermont talks with a reporter during an orientation session for freshman congressmen on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Nov. 28, 1990. Sanders, self-described Socialist who was elected as an independent, says Congress is out of touch with the American people.
  • Presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders reacts, as supports cheer him on, before speaking at a house party in Manchester, N.H., Saturday, May 2, 2015. Sanders discussed economic issues facing the country.

Bernie Sanders sings, then mayor of Burlington, Vermont, sings into the microphone during a recording session on Nov. 20, 1987. The mayor, accompanied by a backup group of Vermont singers, put out a tape of five songs and a discussion of his philosophy. Sanders said at the time that music is a powerful way to communicate with the masses.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), once considered a long shot for president, has been gaining in recent polls in New Hampshire, a key primary state, and may present a serious challenge to Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton.

A CNN/WMUR poll released Thursday shows that Sanders is just 8 percentage points behind Clinton. Among Democratic primary voters surveyed, 45 percent said that Sanders “cares the most about people like you,” while 24 percent said the same about Clinton. When asked which Democratic candidate “best represents the values of Democrats like yourself,” 41 percent said Sanders, and 30 percent said Clinton.

The results are consistent with other recent polling in New Hampshire. Two polls last week had Sanders within 10 points of Clinton’s lead, suggesting that Clinton, the presumptive favorite, may be vulnerable in the Granite State.

It helps that Sanders is from Vermont, New Hampshire’s neighbor. He also has benefited from a post-announcement bump. Sanders officially kicked off his campaign with a boisterous rally in Vermont at the end of May. He has drawn large crowds over the last few weeks at campaign events in key primary states, including New Hampshire, as well as Iowa and Nevada.Bernie Sanders3


With progressive icon Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) not running for president, Sanders has consolidated support among the progressive wing of the Democratic Party.

Though describing oneself as a democratic socialist may appear to be a political liability, voters seem receptive to Sanders’ policy positions. Earlier this week, a Gallup survey found that 47 percent of Americans said they would consider voting for a socialist for president, including 59 percent of Democrats.

Though the poll numbers are encouraging for ardent Sanders supporters, it’s still too early to gauge how much support Sanders will have in New Hampshire, and things can certainly change before the primary in February.

Sanders continues to trail Clinton nationally. According to HuffPost Pollster, Sanders would get less than 15 percent of the vote nationally, compared with Clinton’s 59 percent. Even in the CNN/WMUR New Hampshire poll, when respondents were asked which candidate possesses “the personal characteristics and qualities that you think a President should have,” Clinton edged out Sanders.

The poll surveyed 1,010 New Hampshire residents via phone from June 18 to June 24, including 360 people who said they are planning to vote in the Democratic primary.

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