Quinnipiac University’s latest 2020 Presidential Primary poll shows former Vice President Joe Biden with the highest favorable option rating among potential Democratic candidates considering running for president.
Biden had a 53 – 33 percent favorability rating with all voters while former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton finished with the highest unfavorable score on the list, being upside down with a 32 – 61 percent favorability.
Biden scored a 84 – 7 percent favorability rating among Democrats and a 60 – 21 percent rating among voters under the age of 35.
Results for other potential contenders include:
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT : Scored 44 percent favorable to 42 percent unfavorable. including a 74 percent favorability among Democrats and 57 percent favorability among voters under 35. Ironically, the septuagenarian;s most consistent demographic group for favorability and overall support comes from younger voters particularly among college students who have yet to enter the U.S. workforce as legal adults. Sanders endorsed Andrew Gillum, which ultimately may have hurt Gillum’s chances of winning independent male voters across the state.
U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-TX : Scored 24 percent favorable to 20 percent unfavorable, with 55 percent who haven’t heard enough about him to form an opinion. Democrat leaders including Rahm Emmanuel are already criticizing O’Rourke’s 2020 campaign posturing due to the fact he could not defeat U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tx., even with major campaign donations flooding in from across the country though Texas is usually a lock fro Republicans.
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-MA: Scored 30 percent favorable to 37 percent unfavorable for Warren, whose Native American DNA test challenge / publicity stunt evidently backfired. In Florida, Warren endorsed Sen. Bill Nelson and Andrew Gillum in the 2018 election and both candidates lost.
U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-CA: 20 percent favorable to 22 percent unfavorable, with 57 percent who haven’t heard enough about Harris to form an opinion. Harris endorsed Nelson. Supporters for Harris’ possible 2020 candidacy tout her appeal to female Democrats, African-American Democrats and Indian-American Democrats. Despite Harris’ demographic advantages, many experts believe her California-built left wing progressive philosophy too far to the left to win over independent voters.
Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg: 22 percent favorable to 32 percent unfavorable for the media tycoon and former New York City mayor who made the headlines for food regulations.
Qunnipiac’s telephone survey was conducted from December 12 – 17, 2018 among 1,147 self-identified registered voters across the nation, with 30 percent of the voters claiming to be registered as a Democrat, 25 percent of the voters claiming to be registered as Republican, 37 percent claiming to be registered as independent, and 8 percent who did not know if they were registered with a particular political party. The survey had margin of sampling error of +/- 3.4 percentage points
Many Floridians and political pundits recall the November 6 Quinnipiac poll results which showed Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum with a seven-point lead over Florida Governor-Elect Ron DeSantis, a gauge ultimately among the least accurate for the 2018 Florida Gubernatorial race. Despite that poor performance, Quinnipiac University’s poll maintains a strong following among major media and politicians.