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NBC News/Marist Survey: Sanders, Buttigieg continue to lead in New Hampshire

Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg stay atop the Democratic area in New Hampshire only four days before the nation’s primary and following the messy results which have marred the Iowa caucuses, a fresh NBC News/Marist poll finds out

The separation between both candidates — inside the survey’s margin of error of plus-or-minus 4.7 percentage points — is unchanged from January’s NBC/Marist poll when Sanders was 22 percent and Buttigieg was 17 percent.

They are followed at the new poll by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., in 14 percent (she was 13 percent a month) and former Vice President Joe Biden in 13 percentage (he had been 15 percent).

No other Democratic candidate gets more than 4% in the survey.

“it is a close race that still has over one-in-five persuadable voters, a noteworthy percentage,” says Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, that ran this poll for NBC News.

The NBC/Marist survey was conducted Feb. 4 through 6, immediately following the results of the Iowa caucuses, where Buttigieg and Sanders tied in winning country delegates, even though the final result was tarnished by technical and reporting issues, along with NBC News will not be casting a winner of this competition.

Possibly the largest change in the survey since January is that the enthusiasm for Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind.

Sixty-three percentage of Buttigieg’s backers say that they strongly support him up from 44% in January.

In contrast, 73 percent of Sanders voters strongly support his candidacy down 3 percentage points from a month.

And 60% of Biden voters back him, while 56% of Warren fans are firmly behind her.

Within the horserace numbers
Looking within the horserace numbers, the Democratic area is still divided by ideology and age.

Sixty-three percent of likely Democratic primary voters are 45 or older, and Buttigieg is the very best option of 24 percent of those voters — followed closely by Sanders in 18 percent, Biden in 16 percent and Warren in 12 percent and Klobuchar in 10 percent.

By comparison, 37% of the likely electorate is below 45, and Sanders receives assistance from 35 percent of those voters — followed closely by Warren in 18 percent, Buttigieg in 17 percent and Biden at only 7 percent.

If it comes to ideology, 53 percent of likely Democratic primary voters recognize as being innovative, and Sanders is your very best option here in 41%, while Warren earns 22 percent and Buttigieg 15 percent.

One of the 43 percent of average Democratic voters, Buttigieg contributes at 30 percent — followed closely by Biden in 22 percent, Klobuchar in 15 percent, Warren in 9 percent and Sanders at only 8 percent.

And among independents, who would be the most significant share of Republicans in the country and that can pick the primary where they wish to engage, Buttigieg receives assistance from 25 percent, while Sanders earns 22 percent.

Turning to the overall electorate at New Hampshire, 45 percent of Republicans approve of President Donald Trump’s job, compared to 51 percent who disapprove.

In another change from January, 45% of New Hampshire Republicans say that they favor a Republican-controlled Congress as a consequence of the November elections, while 44 percent desire Democrats accountable for

Last month, New Hampshire voters favored Democrats in charge by 5 factors, 47 percent to 42 percent.

Trump holds commanding lead to GOP competition
And at the Republican primary in New Hampshire, President Trump likes a commanding lead over his minimal GOP opposition.

Eighty-eight percentage of likely GOP primary voters say that they encourage Trump, while former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld earns 7 percent.

An extra 1 percent of GOP primary voters say that they encourage former Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., but he fell out of the Republican race Friday.