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Poll: New Hampshire Democrats lean toward Gore

By Keating Holland/CNN

January 13, 1999
Web posted at: 5:36 p.m. ET (1736 GMT)

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AllPolitics, January 13) -- As he is nationally, Vice President Al Gore remains the Democratic party's front-runner in New Hampshire, home of the first primary in the nation in 2000, according to a new CNN/WMUR/RKM poll.

Also in this poll:

If the primary were held tomorrow, 34 percent of all New Hampshire Democrats say they would vote for Gore. With all other potential candidates in the teens, putting Gore comfortably ahead of his rivals. Gore is also the best-known Democrat in the poll, and the most popular.

House Democratic Leader Dick Gephardt (D-Missouri) is less known but nonetheless garners favorable reviews from a majority of New Hampshire Democrats.

Former Sen. Bill Bradley of New Jersey and Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry each have favorable ratings of 43 percent, but while only 6 percent have an unfavorable view of Bradley, Kerry's unfavorable rating stands at 30 percent. Kerry's higher unfavorable rating may be due to the fact that he is a U.S. Senator from the neighboring state of Massachusetts, indicating that familiarity may be a mixed blessing for Kerry if he chooses to run.

Nearly half of all New Hampshire Democrats have an unfavorable view of the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

The corresponding CNN/WMUR/RKM poll of New Hampshire Republicans was released Tuesday and shows Texas Gov. George W. Bush and former Red Cross President Elizabeth Dole in a statistical dead heat for first. (Full poll)

The survey of 537 registered Democrats in New Hampshire was conducted on January 8-11, 1999 and has a margin of sampling error of +/- four percentage points.

Full poll results

If the Democratic presidential primary were held today and you had a ballot in front of you, which of the candidates would you vote for?

Al Gore 34%
Bill Bradley 14
Dick Gephardt 12
John Kerry 10
Jesse Jackson 6

Asked of Democrats only
Sampling error: +/-4% pts

I'm going to read you a list of people who may run in the Democratic presidential primary. As I read each name, please tell me if you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of this person, or if you have never heard of him or her.

Al Gore 66%19%
Dick Gephardt 5313
Bill Bradley 436
John Kerry 4330
Jesse Jackson 3246

Opinion of Bill Bradley

Favorable 43%
Unfavorable 6
Unfamiliar 51

Opinion of Dick Gephardt

Favorable 53%
Unfavorable 13
Unfamiliar 34

Opinion of Al Gore

Favorable 66%
Unfavorable 19
Unfamiliar 15

Opinion of Jesse Jackson

Favorable 32%
Unfavorable 46
Unfamiliar 22

Opinion of John Kerry

Favorable 43%
Unfavorable 30
Unfamiliar 27


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Wednesday January 13, 1999

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