News from the Votemaster
The University of New Hampshire Granite State Poll ran a poll of likely Democratic primary voters from March 27 to April 2. Among other things, they asked whether the voter has a favorable, neutral, or unfavorable opinion of the various candidates. Often these ratings are more important and more stable than particular candidate preferences this far in advance of the all-important New Hampshire primary. The results are below. This poll did not survey the Republican candidates.
Some things stand out very clearly. If Al Sharpton decides to run again, he's not going to do well in New Hampshire. On the other hand, John Edwards has an incredible +72% net favorability rating. People really like him. That is not the same as voting for him, because people can like a candidate but not like his positions on the issues, but it is a powerful start. Historically, people have tended to vote for candidates they like, even if they don't agree with them on all the issues.
Also noteworthy is that Barack Obama is quite popular, with Al Gore in third place and Hillary Clinton in fourth place. Below that, "Don't Know" wins. Of the second tier candidates, Bill Richardson may be in the best shape because few people dislike him.
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