Sanders’ Support Among NH Dems Six Times What it Was Before Clinton Email Scandal

Hillary Rodham Clinton
• August 5, 2015 12:15 pm


Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are locked in a virtual tie for the Democratic nomination in the state of New Hampshire.

WMUR Granite State poll conducted at the end of July found that 42 percent of likely Democratic voters in the state select Clinton as their top choice ahead of the 2016 presidential primary, while 36 percent name Sanders as their pick.

Given the margin of error, Clinton and Sanders are in a statistical tie in New Hampshire.

Since February–the month before news broke about Clinton’s exclusive use of a personal email system while at the State Department–the former secretary of state has endured a 16 percentage point drop in her support among Democratic voters in New Hampshire.

Meanwhile, the share of Democrats in the state backing Sanders as their top choice for president is currently six times what it was in February (6 percent). Sanders is also the most popular Democratic candidate in New Hampshire when it comes to favorability.

Clinton leads Sanders and the rest of her liberal competition as the candidate voters in the state are most likely to say they would definitely not vote for. Eleven percent of New Hampshire Democrats say they would not vote for Clinton "under any circumstance," a figure that is unchanged since last month but nearly four times what it was last October.

Since March, the former secretary of state has faced consistent scrutiny for her use of personal email during her career in the Obama administration. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is currently probing the security of Clinton’s email system amid revelations about several messages containing classified information from multiple intelligence agencies.

A poll released last week showed that strong majorities of American voters rate Hillary Clinton as not trustworthy and unconcerned about their needs and problems. She is also enjoying her worst net favorability rating ever.

Clinton has made false claims about her use of personal email.