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5 more revelations from the Suffolk/Globe poll of N.H. voters

Joe Biden.
Joe Biden. (Keith Srakocic/Associated Press)

A new Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll out of New Hampshire found Joe Biden leading among likely Democratic primary voters, but that’s just part of the story. Here are five more interesting findings from the poll, which was was conducted from April 25 to 28 among 800 likely New Hampshire voters and had a margin of error of 3.5 percent.

Left-wing policy ideas are popular with New Hampshire Democrats

Despite their stated preference for Joe Biden, New Hampshire Democrats are in favor of some of policies offered by the more liberal wing of the 2020 field. About 76 percent said the nominee should support Medicare-for-All, a universal health care proposal.

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An idea being pushed by Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders to provide free college also has solid majority support: Sixty percent of likely Democratic primary voters said the nominee should support free higher education. On climate change, 53 percent said the nominee should support the Green New Deal, a proposal to tie initiatives to fight global warming with job guarantees, among other things.

Additionally, more than 80 percent of likely Democratic primary voters in the Granite State said the eventual nominee should support higher taxes on the very wealthy.

Voters are fine with older candidates

With both parties potentially fielding candidates who are over 70, age has become a factor in the 2020 race, but perhaps not with New Hampshire voters. They said by a wide margin — nearly 75 percent of the 800 voters surveyed — that they do not believe a person who is 70 or older is too old to run for president.

Pete Buttigieg is winning among those in the LGBTQ community

About 29 percent of likely Democratic voters whose household includes a member of the LGBTQ community said they preferred South Bend, Ind. mayor Pete Buttigieg, who is openly gay. That’s compared to just under 12 percent among all Democratic voters.

Trump has some work to do if he wants to flip New Hampshire

President Trump’s campaign manager, Brad Parscale, called out New Hampshire on Sunday as one of the states he thought could turn red in 2020. Clinton won the Granite State in 2016 by just sliver of a percentage point.

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The poll, however, suggests Trump may face an uphill battle. The survey asked voters to choose between Trump and an unnamed “Democratic nominee.” N.H. voters across the political spectrum chose the unnamed Democrat, 43 percent to Trump’s 40 percent. The results are within the 3.5 percent margin of error, and 11 percent said they were undecided.

The campaign has barely started and about 1 in 5 Democrats say they have already been to a political event

Most of the 2020 primary field has officially been in the race for only a few months, but voters already appear to be engaged. Almost 17 percent of likely Democratic primary voters said they had been to an event for one of the presidential candidates.


Christina Prignano can be reached at christina.prignano@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @cprignano.