A new poll by Morning
Consult shows that former vice president Joe Biden and
Democrat-in-name-only Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) lead Democratic preferences for president. The two old white
men lead the pack of 19 named candidates and “someone else” by double-digit
Biden, who has not yet decided whether he will run for
president, is at the top of the poll with the support of 31 percent of registered
Democrats. Only Sanders, with 27 percent, comes close.
Kamala Harris was the only other candidate to garner more
than 10 percent support in the poll. The California senator scored 11 percent support.
Another four candidates received enough support to measure
larger than a statistical blip. Elizabeth Warren scored seven percent support,
Beto O’Rourke clocked in with six percent, Corey Booker garnered four percent,
and Amy Klobuchar commanded three percent. The poll’s margin of error was one
percent. Three percent preferred “someone else.”
It is interesting to note that the two top candidates for
the Democratic nomination are straight white men, a demographic that ranks at
the bottom of the Democratic intersectional coalition. Despite a number of
ethnic and female candidates, more than half of Democratic voters lean toward
one of the two elder statesmen of the party rather than the newcomers.
The poll also asked about second choices and both Biden and
Sanders ranked high on this question as well. More Biden voters preferred Sanders
as a second choice (28 percent) than any other candidate and Sanders voters
returned the favor with 29 percent picking Biden as their Plan B. In general,
more voters picked Biden as a backup candidate.
In the Republican primary, the poll found that 58 percent of
Republican voters strongly supported President Trump’s nomination. Nineteen
percent professed lukewarm support for Trump’s re-election while 20 percent
preferred another candidate.
Polling has indicated that President Trump has a virtual lock on the Republican nomination while Joe Biden is the Democratic candidate to beat if he decides to run. Although Biden lacks the demographic credentials of Harris or the populist appeal of Sanders, he does have one quality that would be very helpful in the campaign against Trump: Biden is seen as a moderate choice and is already building support of crossover Republicans who are unhappy with President Trump.