Former Vice President Joe Biden held his own in a recent New Hampshire poll as Hillary Clinton lagged far behind. His lead in the Granite State, though, was less solid than it was in Iowa, which holds its first-in-the-nation primary on Feb. 1.
Fifty-two percent of likely Democratic primary voters in New Hampshire who were asked if they could imagine themselves supporting Mr. Biden said yes, and the same percentage said yes of Iowa’s Hillary Clinton, according to an online survey of 607 New Hampshire Democrats conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind project. Some 29 percent of New Hampshire Democrats said they could picture Mr. Biden winning the state’s caucus, and about as many said they could picture Mrs. Clinton prevailing.
Yet in New Hampshire, Mr. Biden also was seen as less trustworthy than Mrs. Clinton and Mrs. Clinton in Iowa, the results showed. About 20 percent of New Hampshire Democrats said that they could imagine Mr. Biden winning the state’s primary, but 43 percent said the same of Mrs. Clinton.
Mr. Biden’s favorable rating was steady across the country, the Fairleigh Dickinson University poll showed. It found that 49 percent of voters interviewed said that they found him either somewhat or very honest, which might be news to some voters who have heard polls that have suggested that Mr. Biden did not score well in terms of lying.
While 45 percent of New Hampshire Democrats said that they could picture Mr. Biden winning their primary, only 30 percent said they could envision Mrs. Clinton doing so.