Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is leading Democratic rivals by huge margins in three early primary states, but independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is finding some popularity in New Hampshire, a new poll has found.
According to an online poll conducted by Morning Consult
between May 31 and June 8, Clinton has 54 percent support in Iowa and 56 percent support in South Carolina, two states she lost when seeking the Democratic nomination in 2008.
By comparison, just 12 percent support Sanders in Iowa and 9 percent support Vice President Joe Biden. In South Carolina, Biden draws 15 percent support while Sanders trails with 10 percent.
In New Hampshire, the gap between Clinton and Sanders is much narrower, with Sanders getting 32 percent support while Clinton has 44 percent. Biden trails with 8 percent support.
Other Democratic contenders tested in the poll have barely registered in all three states. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has 3 percent support in South Carolina, 2 percent in New Hampshire, and 1 percent in Iowa, the poll found.
The poll also tested President Barack Obama's approval ratings in the states, noting that any contender would be affected by perceptions of the president's performance. In New Hampshire, just 43 percent of voters approve of the job Obama is doing, while 56 percent disapprove. In Iowa, 43 percent approve and 54 percent disapprove.
The South Carolina poll did not ask voters to rate the president.
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