Poll shows battle for second in N.H. heating up
By State House News Service | February 1, 2016, 10:31 EDT
STATE HOUSE — With just more than a week until New Hampshire residents go to the polls for the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, a new poll from the University of Massachusetts and 7News shows that Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders hold big leads over their opponents.
Trump, the New York businessman and reality TV star who has run a campaign unlike any other in recent history, has the support of 38 percent of likely Republican primary voters surveyed over the weekend by UMass-Lowell and 7News.
But there’s a big battle for second in the Granite State. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is second in the GOP field with 12 percent. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Ohio Gov. John Kasich are tied with 9 percent, followed by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio at 8 percent and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie with 7 percent.
On the Democratic side, Vermont Sen. Sanders has the support of 61 percent of likely Democratic primary voters, the poll found, leading former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by 31 percentage points.
Sanders drew significant support from those between the ages of 18 and 29, 89 percent of whom prefer the self-described Democratic socialist over Clinton.
The poll results are the first from a new daily New Hampshire tracking poll. The polling will be conducted via cellphone and landline by live interviewers every night from Jan. 29 through Feb. 7, with results released each day from Feb. 1 through Feb. 8. The primaries will be held Feb. 9.
Results will be released live on 7NEWS “Today in New England” at 6:45 a.m. each weekday and will also be distributed by UMass-Lowell via email at 7 a.m. Results will also be available at www.uml.edu/polls.