A long slate of candidates are running for the Democratic nomination in 2020, in high hopes of sending Mr. Trump out the door. By now and especially after several debates, many people have already decided who they support most and think would likely do the best job leading our country.
On Thursday, Fox News released a poll showing that former Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) are all leading Trump by double digits, the majority by double digits.
According to Fox News:
‘In the first major shakeup to the lineup, Elizabeth Warren moves ahead of Bernie Sanders to claim second place behind Joe Biden in the Democratic nomination race. In addition, primary voters sharply divide between embracing former President Obama’s legacy and taking a new path.’
The poll found Sanders beating Trump with 48 percent while it showed Warren winning over Trump with 45 percent. Harris beat Trump with 46 percent of the vote.
The poll still shows Biden in the lead with 50 support from voters surveyed. In contrast, Trump received 38 percent support from those surveyed.
Fox News reported:
‘Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, and Andrew Yang stand at 3 percent apiece, and Amy Klobuchar and Beto O’Rourke are each at 2 percent. Julian Castro, Bill de Blasio, John Delaney, Tulsi Gabbard, Kirsten Gillibrand, Tom Steyer, and Marianne Williamson each receive 1 percent.’
John Hickenlooper dropped out of the race last Thursday and received less than one percent.
Warren is now the favorite among primary voters under age 45 and among those who identify as “very liberal.” Warren is up 12 points from July among the under 45 crowd while Sanders lost 10 points. Her support is also up among very liberal voters. Backing for Sanders by very liberal voters has dropped 16 points.
According to the Fox News poll:
‘Biden leads Warren among both men (+11 points) and women (+11), and has a 22-point advantage among voters over age 45. Plus, among non-whites, Biden is up by 17 points over Sanders and by 19 over Warren.’
By a large margin of 60-30 percent, Democratic primary voters preferred a nominee who will “restore the country and get American politics back to normalcy” rather than one who would “fundamentally change” how Washington works.
It shouldn’t be a suprise that people are sharply divided between wanting a new approach and wanting to build on former President Obama’s legacy. Those who favor a new approach support Warren over Biden by 5 points. Those who think it is more important to build on Obama’s legacy back Biden by 26 points.
According to Fox News:
‘By a 20-point margin, Biden is also preferred over Warren among those who want a nominee who will restore normalcy (39 vs. 19 percent). The vote preference is mixed among those who want to fundamentally change how Washington works: Warren (20 percent), Biden (19 percent), Sanders (18 percent), and Harris (10 percent).’
Democratic pollster Chris Anderson, who conducts the Fox News Poll with Republican Daron Shaw said:
‘Biden and Sanders have held sizable leads over Trump before. But this is the first time our poll results give Warren and Harris the chance to stake a claim to an electability argument as well.’
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