Sen. Joe Lieberman, DConn., is leading all the Democrats who hope to gain the support of Arizona’s party faithful in the Feb. 3 presidential primary.
A new statewide survey shows he has the backing of nearly one in five Democrats who are likely to go to the polls. Lieberman’s 19 percent gives him a seven-point lead over Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean logs in third at 8 percent, followed by Missouri Rep. Dick Gephardt at 5 percent. Everyone else in the field is even further back.
Pollster Earl de Berge of the Behavior Research Center in Phoenix, which conducted the survey, said Lieberman’s lead probably can be attributed to his name identification because he was the party’s vice presidential candidate in 2000. He said Lieberman is strongest among Democrats with children living at home and blue collar workers.
But de Berge said he was surprised that Lieberman’s numbers were not higher seven months before the state primary.
He also said that Gephardt "is not catching fire" despite some national name recognition.
"The one I’d watch right now is Dean," said de Berge.
The poll is based on statewide telephone interviews with Democratic voters conducted July 14-18.
The margin of error is 7 percentage points.