CNN released a poll Tuesday about the Democratic presidential race in the Granite State.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton's lead among Democratic presidential contenders in New Hampshire has narrowed over the past two months, while New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson bounced back to the low double digits in a CNN/WMUR poll released Tuesday.
With about two months left before the New Hampshire primaries, Clinton topped the list of Democratic nominees with 36 percent support - down from 43 percent in a September survey. But nearly 70 percent of those polled believe the New York senator will eventually become the party's presidential nominee.
Sen. Barack Obama placed second at 22 percent, while former Sen. John Edwards drew 13 percent - little changed from September, when Obama rated 20 percent support and Edwards, 12.
But Richardson saw his support recover from a September dip, bouncing back to 12 percent from 6 percent. CNN/WMUR polls in June and July put the former U.N. ambassador and energy secretary at 11 percent.
Pollsters quizzed 389 likely Democratic voters for the survey, which was conducted Wednesday through Sunday by the University of New Hampshire. The poll has a sampling error of 5 percentage points.
Among the rest of the Democratic field, Ohio congressman Dennis Kucinich drew 3 percent support; Delaware Sen. Joe Biden, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, drew 2 percent; and Connecticut Sen. Christopher Dodd, the chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, 1 percent.
No respondents expressed a preference for former Sen. Mike Gravel, of Alaska.
The poll found 69 percent of Democrats believe Clinton, the wife of former president Bill Clinton, will end up being the party's nominee. And 50 percent called her the candidate best able to stand up to Republicans, who have already begun blasting her in their own debates.
They also rated her best-equipped to deal with what they see as the top issues in the 2008 presidential race - the war in Iraq, health care and the economy - often by wide margins over her leading rivals.
But she placed fourth, behind Obama, Edwards and Richardson, when Democrats ranked the candidates they considered most honest and trustworthy.
Obama topped that category with 27 percent, while Edwards followed with 18 percent; Richardson, 14; and Clinton, 13.
On health care, 53 percent of those polled said Clinton is the best candidate to manage the issue, compared to 13 percent for Obama and 15 percent for Edwards.
On the war in Iraq, the top issue for New Hampshire Democrats, 27 percent preferred Clinton, compared to 21 percent for Obama and 10 percent for Edwards.
And 38 percent rated Clinton the candidate best able to manage the economy, compared with 17 percent for Obama and 13 percent for Edwards.
On terrorism, 30 percent gave Clinton the top rating, compared with 13 percent for Obama and 9 percent for Edwards. But Obama topped the list of candidates Democrats believed best able to deal with the problem of poverty, leading Clinton by a 3-point margin, 30-27. Edwards rated 24 percent.
The Democratic race remains fluid, with only 24 percent of likely voters reporting having settled on a candidate in the primary. Another 29 percent said they were leaning toward one candidate, but 47 percent said they remained undecided.
And the poll found 68 percent of Democrats to be more enthusiastic about voting in 2008 than in previous years. By comparison, only 46 percent of Republicans considered themselves more enthusiastic.