New Hampshire primary

Sanders Still Leads Pack in NH Primary, New Poll Finds

All three of the frontrunners -- Sanders, Biden and Warren -- narrowly picked up support over the last poll, released last week

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Sen. Bernie Sanders has maintained his advantage among Democratic presidential contenders in the New Hampshire primary just over a week from the vote, according to a new NECN/Franklin Pierce University/Boston Herald poll.

The poll of likely New Hampshire primary voters, released Sunday, has Sanders in first place at 31%, followed by Joe Biden at 24%, Elizabeth Warren at 17% and Pete Buttigieg at 8%.

All three of the frontrunners narrowly picked up support over the last poll, released last week, while Buttigieg's support appears to be dipping somewhat.

The prior necn/Franklin Pierce University/Boston Herald poll had the candidates in the same order: Sanders (29%) leading Joe Biden (22%), Elizabeth Warren (16%) and Pete Buttigieg (10%).

The New Hampshire primary will be held on Feb. 11.

The poll comes just days before the Iowa caucuses, where many polls show Sanders in the lead as well. The first two presidential contests, Iowa and New Hampshire have long been seen as key prizes in the primaries.

Among likely Republican primary voters in the poll released Sunday, 72% said they would vote for President Donald Trump if the primary were held today, the same as in the previous poll. But the president's approval rating rose significantly from 77% last week to 90%, trumping his October (81%) and September (83%) approval ratings.

The telephone survey was conducted between Jan. 29-Feb. 1 by RKM Research and Communications in collaboration with NBC10 Boston, NECN, Telemundo Boston, Franklin Pierce University and the Boston Herald.

The margin of error was plus or minus 4.6% for the Democratic voters and plus or minus 4.7% for Republican voters.

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