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Poll: Kennedy has early primary lead

Most voters still undecided, NJ Working families poll finds

By Nikita Biryukov, March 08 2020 1:59 pm

The largest share of Democratic primary voters in the second district are leaning to Amy Kennedy but more than six out of ten Democrats remain undecided, according to a poll released Sunday.

Kennedy leads the seven-candidate field, receiving support from 21% of the voters polled.

Political science professor Brigid Harrison comes second with 8%.

Former U.S. Sen. Cory Booker staffer Will Cunningham won 6% support, and Atlantic County Freeholder Ashley Bennett was backed by 4% of respondents.

The majority of those asked, 61%, said they were undecided.

Most of the 500 likely Democratic primary voters polled were unfamiliar with the race’s candidates.

The poll, which was commissioned by NJ Working Families, found Kennedy had the highest name recognition among the candidates, with 38% name recognition.

Harrison, 17% name ID, and Bennett, 14%, rounded out the top three.

Cunningham, Harrison, Kennedy and Bennett each performed similarly in a head-to-head against Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis), who defected to the Republican party last year after losing support among rank-and-file Democrats over his opposition to impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump.

Kennedy got the best numbers in the two-candidate contest against Van Drew, winning support from 64% of voters, though results for the other candidates fell within the margin of error.

In either case, there’s limited value to a general-election poll of Democratic primary voters, even if roughly a fifth of those voters said they planned to back Van Drew.

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