Bernie Sanders and Mike Bloomberg lead the field for the New Jersey Democratic presidential primary, according to a new Fairleigh Dickinson University poll released today.
Sanders (24%) and Bloomberg (23%) are statistically died among self-identified Democrats or voters who lean Democratic.
Joe Biden is in third place at 16%, followed by Pete Buttigieg (10%), Elizabeth Warren (7%) and Amy Klobuchar (3%).
“It’s a clear distinction between the moderate and progressive wings of the Democratic party. Sanders has captured the hearts and minds of Jersey progressives, much to the dismay of Warren, while Bloomberg is it for moderates, even though he has yet to appear on a debate stage and hasn’t competed in any primaries or caucuses to date,” said Krista Jenkins, Director of the FDU Poll and Professor of Politics and Government. “These numbers are likely to change as the contest progresses, but for now it’s clear who’s dominating in the Garden State.”
Jenkins said that while “Sanders is doing about as well in New Jersey as what national polling averages are finding, but Bloomberg is performing better in the Garden State.”
“Some of that could be simple name recognition, as Democrats are more likely to know something about Bloomberg than are others nationally,” she said.
In a head-to-head general election matchup, all the Democratic contenders lead President Donald Trump by a wide margin for New Jersey’s fourteen electoral votes.
Bloomberg beats Trump by 24 points (56% to 32%); Biden beats Trump by 18 points (53% to 35%); Sanders beats Trump by 17 points (53% to 36%); Warren beats Trump by 14 points (50% to 36%); Buttigieg beats Trump by 12 points (48% to 36%); and Klobuchar beats Trump by 11 points (47% to 36%).”
The FDU poll was conducted between February 12-16 and has a margin of error of +/- 4%.