Bernie Sanders Is On Fire As Hillary Clinton’s Lead Evaporates In New Hampshire

Bernie Sanders Portland, Maine

A new WMUR poll of New Hampshire revealed that Bernie Sanders has cut Hillary Clinton’s lead from 31 points to almost within the poll’s margin of error.

According to WMUR, “The poll shows Clinton leading Sanders 42 percent to 36 percent, with 5 percent supporting Vice President Joe Biden, who has been the subject of speculation in recent days about the possibility of becoming a candidate. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and former U.S. Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia each receive 1 percent, with 3 percent favoring some other candidate and 12 percent undecided.”

In May, Clinton led Elizabeth Warren 51-20% with Sanders at 13%. By June, the Clinton margin was reduced to 43%-35%. Sen. Sanders has gained a net 2 points in the last month to pull to almost within the poll’s 5.9% margin of error.

Hillary Clinton remains very popular in the state with a 72% approval rating, and she is viewed by a huge majority as the candidate that is most likely to win the primary (68%) and the general election (68%).

What is happening in New Hampshire is a surge in the popularity of Bernie Sanders. Sen. Sanders (I-VT) has seen his approval rating go from 45% in May to 69% today. It isn’t that voters dislike Hillary Clinton, but that the more they get to know Bernie Sanders, the more they like him. Sanders was named the most likeable candidate in the poll by a margin of 40%-24%.

One of the reasons Bernie Sanders is earning so much love from Democratic voters is that he refuses to engage in personal attacks against Hillary Clinton. His focus on the issues and integrity is earning the respect and support of voters.

The Clinton hating press has been trying to sell the tightening of the Democratic race as a collapse when the truth is that the shift in polling has less to do with anything that Hillary Clinton has done wrong. The real story is the rise in popularity of Bernie Sanders.

Sanders is giving Democratic voters a real choice, and he is turning a primary that many believed would be a blowout for Hillary Clinton into a competitive election.

46 Replies to “Bernie Sanders Is On Fire As Hillary Clinton’s Lead Evaporates In New Hampshire”

  1. Sorry Bernie but you are not party of the Democrat Party. If Bernie did get the nomination, Democrats can definitely kiss the WH good-bye in 2016. Bernie is only reach a small group of supporters. Remember Palin, Rand Paul? They at one point of their political careers had huge crowds, now nothing.

  2. Bob, why are you comparing Bernie to Palin and Rand Paul? Palin and Paul stand for nothing. Bernie has the same definite views he has had for 40 years.

  3. Bill I agree with you. Sanders is consistent in his views and is a good man and speaks the language of the the people. I would have no problem voting for Sanders. My main concern in having him as the nominee is can he get the independent vote. I understand that he claims to be an independent, but he also considers himself a socialist. There are independents that are middle of the road, but more on the conservative leaning side. I’m afraid those voters will stay home if they don’t feel they have an alternative between the two extremes.

  4. CBS’s latest poll (much less dire for HRC than the NBC or Q polls, so naturally it’s getting no attention) actually asked how much attention people are paying. 30% paying a lot of attention. 40% some. 30% little or none. So there it is. (And that’s among those who bothered to answer the poll.)

    Meanwhile, 80% of Dems say Hillary is the most electable… next to 5% who say Bernie is.
    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/poll-democratic-primary-voters-see-hillary-clinton-as-most-electable/

  5. All this gushing over Bernie reminds me of the entire media falling all over Trump. Do you really think that the new numbers are a big surprise given that New Hampshire boarders Vermont? Really…a 2 point net?? Hillary Clinton is a far better candidate for this country. I watched the news last night and low and behold the Republicans are beginning to use the “socialist” word in describing Bernie. A very telling way in which they will run a campaign against a Bernie Sanders presidential nominee if he should win the nomination. I consider Hillary to be a national figure who has paid her dues as First Lady, US Senator and Secretary of State. She is also a major figure on the international stage and has far more experience than Bernie Sanders…who by the way is very light in explaining his stance on foreign affairs which I as a voter consider extremely important. I am also concerned about his stance on immigration…don’t like it at all. More information needed other than polls.

  6. Hillary better up her game. She needs to get out of the million dollar a plate fund raisers and start getting in front we the voters and start talking to us. That’s what Bernie is doing and that’s why he’s threatening her lead. Once every 4 years the voice of everybody is heard. Not even her rich buddies can vote more than once!

  7. sorry but this is not about a political party
    its about a political revolution
    americans have come to realize there is not a dimes worth of difference between them and bernie will get votes from every segment including republicans because he is what none of the rest are …he is authentic and trustworthy
    we are done with labels done with pretending we have had a real choice when in reality we have a failed 2 party system that chooses 2 people that we are allowed to choose from all of it financed with BIG MONEY
    no more “enough is enough” as bernie says
    the party is over we the people are in revolt
    hillary is part of the past and is irrelevant
    bernie is the future because he is relevant
    be on the right side of history feel the bern

  8. One poll and the msm run with it but they will never show you the good number for hillary this women has balls you have the msm the gop going after her 247 and yet she still standing go hillary svg stand with you.

  9. Meanwhile, 80% of Dems say Hillary is the most electable… next to 5% who say Bernie is.

    Yea, but those polls “don’t count”.

    M$M will continue to pillory Hillary with as much negative coverage as they can; grace Senator Sanders will as much “he’s better than Hillary!!11” as much as they can get away with, and make each and every Republican look like statesmen with every trick in their journalistic book (tossing in a few non-detrimental criticisms to appear “neutral” of course).

    There’s a lot at stake in 2016. SCOTUS is the goal…they darn well know that Scalia, Kennedy, Souter, and Bader-Ginsberg are going to retire in the next decade, and they want a Repub in the WH.

  10. BOOM!!! THERE IT IS
    There’s a lot at stake in 2016. SCOTUS is the goal…they darn well know that Scalia, Kennedy, Souter, and Bader-Ginsberg are going to retire in the next decade, and they want a Repub in the WH.

  11. to djchefron

    yes they will vote for a socialist democrat
    when they realize they have been voting for corporate socialism who have been using their tax dollars to create wealth for themselves while leaving them slave wage debtors with out leaving them $30000 in debt for and education that the rest of the western world gets free
    or health care / medicare for all that is free
    we can not be strong or compete as a uneducated unhealthy society that votes agianst its own self interest…we have been played for fools…….which we are if continue this scam of the majority ofwealth going to the 1% we the people have caught on to this scheme…….we are no longer interested in labels we crave authenticity and a way out from under the crush of big money
    we are in a oligarchy not a democracy
    we intend to take our country back from corporate socialism and do something to ensure a future for our children and grandchildren that we can be proud of .. feel the bern

  12. yes they will vote for a socialist democrat
    when they realize they have been voting for corporate socialism who have been using their tax dollars to create wealth for themselves while leaving them slave wage debtors with out leaving them $30000 in debt for and education that the rest of the western world gets free
    ———————————-
    I don’t know where you have been for the past 40 years but that has been drilled into their heads so even their tiny brains could have grasp that by now. You give your people to much credit. But keep telling yourself “I have a dream”

  13. the one thing hillary does not have is balls
    she is a wait to see which way the wind blows
    politician…
    not a authentic bone in her body let alone balls

    she is a follower she is only the coat tail of her husband she is not a self made woman
    she is a stand by your man woman until it is my turn……hillary is not the role model for young women….she is part of the past
    not the future…she is the antithesis of what a true feminist is

  14. I would just like to add yes the rubes of the base are finally realizing they have been sold a bag of horse manure because their leaders don’t deliver what they want. Keep a couple of important concepts in mind. First, the right hasn’t just been sold a bill of goods on things like voter fraud and Benghazi and Obamacare. They’ve also been promised a bunch of things that the Republican politicians either had no ability or no intention to fulfill. The Republican bigwigs don’t want to ban abortion. This isn’t Falangist Spain or Paraguay or Saudi Arabia. This isn’t Greece, either, and the GOP leaders have no desire to abolish the IRS. When the Republicans last had a man in the Oval Office, he vastly increased the power of the Department of Education and created a huge new prescription drug entitlement program for the elderly. This wasn’t some aberration. The Republicans who hold federal office aren’t nearly as opposed to federal power as they’d like their base of supporters to believe.

    So they are against everything Sen.Sanders or any Democrat is for and if you think Sanders will change his positions for the gay god and guns crowd then he WILL LOSE BIG TIME

  15. Enough of your sexist bullshit. Now you can have policy differences but you have went too far. BTW you are not helping Sen.Sanders one bit

  16. Quote from the article, which by the way is a wonderful article), “It isn’t that voters dislike Hillary Clinton, but that the more they get to know Bernie Sanders, the more they like him.” That pretty much sums it up!

  17. She was the very first politician to call out Pakistani leaders for not doing anything to find Bin Laden. She did this in a meeting IN Pakistan when she was Secretary of State. She didn’t wait until she was back home in the USA where she was on familiar ground. She’s got BIG BRASS BALLS. If you go back over the last 40 years until now you will see that she has been the leader in speaking out for individual, equal rights for all Americans. She speaks from the heart and does not have to put on a show.

  18. Excellent truth telling article, Jason.

    ” …the shift in polling has less to do with anything Hillary Clinton has done wrong. The real story is the rise in popularity of Bernie Sanders.”

    Yet, some posters here don’t get it, and neither does most of the insider MSM, so they end up repeating each other.
    They frame the drop in polls for HRC as GOP lies against her gaining traction, and other sideshow theories, while totally ignoring the fact that as reasonably intelligent people become ‘informed’ about the issues that Senator Sanders supports ( and has for decades ) that they agree with him.
    It’s why the CW is now pimping a Biden balloon and some minor Jim Webb puffing.
    They never ‘get it’ right when it comes to Democratic Pres. races. The last three Dem’s that WON all started as OUTSIDERS, or perceived so at the time: Carter, Clinton, Obama. All of the ‘insiders’ ( Mondale, Dukakis, Gore, Kerry ) lost.
    If ‘outsider’ Howard Dean had been the nominee in 2004, he wo…

  19. I assume you’ll be voting republican if Sanders doesn’t get the nomination? You must be living under a Fox News rock to be spewing the same offensive bullshit as they do. When there is no legitimate talking point or proof, make shit up! And I agree with dj, your an asshole spouting sexist shit, that won’t help your cause! Is this how Sanders is promoting himself………NO.

  20. Francie,
    I agree with you. I wish more Americans would appreciate the progressive positions Bernie Sanders advocates. I also felt that way about George McGovern in 1972. However, as much as the Sanders’ supporters wish otherwise, the vast majority of Americans are not ready for Sanders’ platform, as they weren’t ready for McGovern’s. If Sanders does become the Democratic nominee (which the Rethugs would LOVE to happen), be prepared for a Republican wipeout. Say goodbye to all of Obama’s progressive policies. And say hello to 3 or 4 more Scalias on the Supreme Court.

  21. But the people will rise up when Bernie speaks and demand that Congress do his bidding? More people vote for American Idol than our elections.

  22. The GOPers will claim Hillary is a bit€h and Bernie is a commie; Choose your poison. Personly, I believe Hillary has the most experience going up against the TP thugs at the National level. Plus, she is an inteligent Grandma.

  23. Actually, it is more complcated then your summary. Carter had help from George Wallace to win the primary. Clinton had help from Perot. Gore did win in Florida then the Scotus decided the winner. Kerry won Ohio except voting machines were hacked.

  24. Wallace was a sidenote in ’76 primaries, finishing 3rd behind Carter and CA guv Jerry Brown while winning only 3 states: SC, MS, and his homestate AL. Did not go 3rd party in the general as in ’68.

    Clinton won the Dem nod in a crowded field …no Perot. Without Perot running as an Indy in the general, most objective analysts agree that the race might have been closer electorally, but that Clinton still would have won.

    Gore had no true ‘outsider’ opposition in 2000 with Bill Bradley. Both Gore and Kerry in ’04 were establishment insiders that made it close enough for the Thugs to steal.

  25. Clinton won the Dem nod in a crowded field …no Perot. Without Perot running as an Indy in the general, most objective analysts agree that the race might have been closer electorally, but that Clinton still would have won.
    —————————————-
    These were the candidates in 1992
    Former Mayor Larry Agran of Irvine, California
    Former Governor Jerry Brown of California
    Governor Bill Clinton of Arkansas
    Senator Bob Kerrey of Nebraska
    Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa
    Former Senator Paul Tsongas of Massachusetts
    Governor Douglas Wilder of Virginia
    Filmmaker and activist Tom Laughlin
    Former Senator Eugene McCarthy

    Really? The only serious people in that field was Tsongas who had a brain tumor, Harkin had no appeal other than Iowa, and Kerry ran on the same DLC platform as Clinton

    Now can you link to these objective analysts that showed Clinton would have won without Perot?

  26. Am replying to all here: Francie, waitstill, Bill F, even unLB.

    People know what HRC means: Bill C 2.0 .
    Many remember fondly, but forget that BC never got more than 50% of the popular vote.
    There’s no Perot this time, and that would be too close to steal.

    The nation can’t afford a congenitally stupid oligarch whore or a fascist-lite.
    Republicans MUST be humiliated, or the grand experiment of ‘of, by, and for the PEOPLE’ is lost and doesn’t deserve to go on …not here.

  27. Why do you cranks make assertions and when I ask for a link you people always say do your own googling/ Methinks you are full of shit and a grade a idiot

  28. Kranky, I guess someone hit your raw nerve. I do remember Bill 2.0 fondly, and would if I could vote for him again. That isn’t the reason I support HC. I think she has proven herself to be more than capable to run this country, and is well respected around the globe, in her own right. Sanders is a fine man, with fine ideas, you should take some pointers from him. The whore remark was offensive. Your an asshole for that, but I otherwise respect your opinion, although short sighted.

  29. @djchefron: “It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.” – Oscar Wilde

  30. You were the one who called SOS Clinton a whore so who is doing the dividing? When I post on the Democratic nominees I just post facts with links. Now you may not like them but that is not my problem. I come from the school of pragmatism not what I wish for

  31. Francie: I never posted that about HRC. I think she would be a good and possibly great President . But right now, she’s my 2nd choice.
    It was the fake Democrat that suggested I implied that insult.
    Know who said what and when.

    In ’08, I was ‘Kucinich’ and then inclined towards HRC; but the fake Dem, racist Puma’s switched me to Obama.

  32. The nation can’t afford a congenitally stupid oligarch whore or a fascist-lite.
    here—————————————————————-

    Do you want to amend your statement? Or who is this stupid oligarch whore you are talking about?

  33. Ok, I agree with others on this thread.

    Is this the way Sanders “supporters” are going to behave?

    If it is? Then you have a real problem.

  34. If you truly believe that there’s not a “dimes worth of difference” between the two parties, your opinion isn’t worth a nickel.

    Also, since when is catching up in ONE almost all white state a “surge”? Let’s say Bernie wins NH and even then goes on to win Iowa. Then what? Does anyone really believe he’ll win South Carolina? How bout Florida? Ohio? No, he will not win any of those states.

    You know who was the last guy in a contested nomination who won ALL the primaries before winning the nomination? Al Gore. He might win NH. So did Paul Tsongas. He also won Delaware, Maryland, Arizona, Washington, Utah, and Massachusetts. And lost the nomination. Hillary certainly doesn’t need to win every primary to win the nomination and Sanders coming to a dead heat in NH certainly doesn’t count as a surge. Wake me when he starts pulling ahead in Florida.

  35. You’re right, it’s not about Hillary being worse, although she’s not doing herself any favors vis a vis Bernie, when she doesn’t say what she stands for on big things, like TPP and Keystone. But he simply replies politely, refuses to make snide comments, and answers for his own positions on whatever he’s asked. That may give the hearer the impression she is waffling, or not. But it certainly leaves his listener with the feeling that he has given all these things a great deal of attention. That is underscored when he brings to the floor of the Senate a bill on something he has just been talking about in his speeches, or voted on one of those issues on the floor or in committee. Now, granted, not every candidate has such a day job. Why, though, are they not encouraging their supporters to file petitions? Perhaps they don’t care as much about their issues. #FeelTheBern, people!

  36. Polls show that when Bernie Sanders gets the nomination most Hillary supports will be just fine with that. I don’t think the reverse is true. The majority of voters in this country are NOT Democrats (or Republicans.) 42% of the people are Independents or unaffiliated. We support Bernie and have registered as Democrats to vote for him but will not vote for Hillary Clinton. Many of us left the Democratic Party years ago because it became the party of DINO’s. It’s politicians are bought and paid for just like Republicans. It’s platform is designed by and implemented for the wealthy elite. If Bernie is not the candidate, the DNC loses thousands of potential Democrats who, one day, will be successful in having a political revolution and forming a third party.

  37. I was just at Little Green Footballs and saw Charles Johnson link this latest bit of Bernie Sanders tone-deafness regarding his visiting of Liberty University:

    http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2015/08/05/bernie-sanders-to-visit-liberty-university-a-rare-venue-for-a-democratic-campaign/

    IMO with this move, Sanders just threw in the towel in regards to winning the Democratic nomination. He was always a long shot, but with this move, he made it all but impossible for him to actually win. These aren’t the kinds of moves you make when you’re trying to win in the primaries. Sure, there are right wing voters in the Democratic Party base, but these are the kinds of voters who’d vote for a candidate like Jim Webb, not a left wing socialist Jew like Bernie Sanders. Not even Hillary Clinton is making a tone deaf move like this, and Sanders’ internals must be THAT bad for him to be making such a desperate move to appeal to right wing religious zealots in seeking the Democratic nomination.

  38. we are only in August 2015 and the excitement over the 2016 election is unique. However, most people have forgotten that no matter who wins the Presidency, he or she must have the votes of the Senate and House to pass every law. That is where we are stuck, and need to get unglued.Both parties are swimming with millions of dollars from rich corporations who do not give a hoot about anything but lifting their profits. We need to provide clean candidates with a clean party to actually win the path to our goals of peace, prosperity, and better healthcare. citizens of other nations faced corruption in their governments and built Labour parties with candidates that gave them Free healthcare, higher wages, and peace. w e need to build an American Labor Party with candidates who will stay loyal to our needs. See my website http://www.BoldThoughts.org and see how we can

  39. The Republican candidates are terrified of debating Hilary. The press is pushing for Bernie. The media said they’d try and take her down, like they did last time she ran. Hilary is our best shot at winning, but even the so called liberal media is negative. The Republicans would rather fight Bernie. Hilary should win unless the media leaves her out and keeps throwing bogus scandals her way. The press sucks and cares nothing about taking our country down. I’ll vote Hilary and Bernie if he’s chosen, but Hilary is getting screwed by the press again.

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