Bernie pulls ahead: New poll shows Sanders leading in New Hampshire

The Vermont senator's favorability rating is even greater among voters between the ages of 18 and 45

By Zaid Jilani
Published August 27, 2015 8:30AM (EDT)
Bernie Sanders    (Reuters/Jim Young)
Bernie Sanders (Reuters/Jim Young)

This article originally appeared on AlterNet.

AlterNet Earlier this month, a CNN poll from New Hampshire showed Bernie Sanders had overtaken Hillary Clinton. Many wondered if this was just a fluke. It now looks like it wasn't. A second poll, from Public Policy Polling, shows Bernie Sanders leading Clinton 42 to 35 percent.

Breaking the poll down, it's clear where the candidates' strengths and weaknesses are. Sanders has a much larger favorability rating among younger voters between the ages of 18 and 45, with a 25-point spread:

Polls showing Clinton's favorability vs. Sanders' favorability.
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There is also something else happening that was not predicted by pundits. The poll shows that even among self-described moderates, Sanders is leading Clinton:

Democratic challengers and idologies,
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This flies in the face of early predictions that Sanders would be unable to gain traction outside the left-wing of the Democratic base.

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