New poll shows Biden on top in N.H. with 3 months to go

NASHUA – Joe Biden maintains he can provide health care to “97% of Americans” with a $750 billion public option expansion of Obamacare – while the former vice president continues to blast the $20 trillion Medicare for All plans espoused by top Democratic primary rivals Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.

Now a top New Hampshire ally of Biden’s, former Gov. John Lynch, said is speaking out on health care.

“I support everybody having access to health care…but I think in terms of Medicare for All, I think it’s going to hurt the New Hampshire economy,” Lynch told Concord radio station WKXL on Monday.

Also, a Quinnipiac University poll released on Monday shows that Biden has reemerged as the front-runner in New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary.

“Although Biden has a slight lead in the Granite State, it’s far from rock solid, and both states are clearly still up for grabs,” Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Tim Malloy said Monday when discussing both the New Hampshire primary and the Iowa caucuses.

The new Quinnipiac poll is contrary to an Oct. 29 survey by the University of New Hampshire, which showed Sanders leading in the Granite State.

In 2016, Sanders won the New Hampshire primary with more than 60% of the vote against eventual party nominee Hillary Clinton. Sanders now hopes for another win in the 2020 contest, which is tentatively slated for Feb. 11, as Secretary of State Bill Gardner has said he reserves the right to change the date.

The New Poll

According to Quinnipiac, researchers surveyed 1,134 New Hampshire likely Democratic primary voters from Nov. 6-10.

Below, each candidate’s November Quinnipiac rating will be measured against his or her percentage in the October UNH poll.

• Joe Biden of Delaware

November, 20%

October, 15%

• Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts

November, 16%

October, 18%

• Pete Buttigieg of Indiana

November, 15%

October, 10%

• Bernie Sanders of Vermont

November, 14%

October, 21%

• Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii

November, 6%

October, 5%

• Andrew Yang of New York

November, 4%

October, 5%

• Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota

November, 3%

October, 5%

• Tom Steyer of California

November, 3%

October, 3%

• Kamala Harris of California

November, 1%

October, 3%

• Cory Booker of New Jersey

November, 1%

October, 2%

In a separate question, only 2% of likely Democratic primary voters said they would definitely vote for former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg if he got into the race.

“If he truly is in, there is a lot of work to do. But with vast resources to draw from, Michael Bloomberg’s nascent campaign could morph from ‘under construction’ to ‘full steam ahead’ in a New York minute,” Malloy added.