Although a majority of presidential election polls were proven inaccurate on Election Day in November, a Public Policy Polling survey tried again Tuesday, revealing that Vice President Joe Biden remains the favorite among Democratic voters for the party’s 2020 nomination.
Out of a field of nine potential candidates including Al Franken, Cory Booker, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and HHS Secretary Julian Castro, Biden held a substantial lead among the crowded field with 31 percent in the sample.
Biden recently stated to reporters of his intent to seek the White House in 2020, but he retreated from his comments days later, suggesting a run for the Oval Office remains only a possibility.
Former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders followed Biden among those polled with 24 percent, with the vice president also outperforming Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, who registered third with 16 percent of those surveyed.
The remaining contenders, who also included Sens. Sherrod Brown (Ohio) and Kristen Gillibrand (N.Y.), all registered less than 5 percent support.
Among the many conclusions drawn from the PPP study was the astonishing fact a majority of those sampled want a younger Democratic candidate: 57 percent say they want a choice younger than age 60 and a whopping 77 percent favor a candidate under the age of 70.
Similarly revealed in the poll, 41 percent favor a candidate who has never sought the White House before, in contrast to 25 percent preferring a candidate who has previously mounted a bid for president.
Interestingly, 42 percent of those who described their political ideology as “somewhat conservative” said Biden was their “first choice” among potential 2020 candidates, along with 33 percent who labeled themselves as “very liberal”, a greater percentage than Warren or Sanders received.
Interpreting the mood of Democrats from the myriad of messages delivered, PPP president Dean Debnam said:
“So there’s a tension for Democrats nationally. They want new blood, but their most well known and popular figures don’t exactly fit that mold.”
The survey was conducted Dec. 6–7 among 400 Democratic primary voters, with a 4.9 percent margin of error.
[Public Policy Polling] [Photo courtesy Reuters/Yuri Gripas via Salon]