Democrat’s 2020 Picture Suddenly Shifts, Joe Biden Slips in Latest Poll
August 28, 2019 | by James G. Dalton
A new poll shows a big shift in the Democrat race to be the 2020 nominee. Up until now Joe Biden has consistently held a rather commanding lead but that is no longer true.
It now looks like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have gained traction while Biden has slipped and there is now a 3 way tie for the lead.
Things are looking rather grim for former Vice-President Joe Biden according to the Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and former Vice President Joe Biden are currently bunched together in the national Democratic presidential preference contest. Movement in the latest Monmouth University Poll – positive for Warren and Sanders, negative for Biden – suggests the 2020 presidential nomination process may be entering a volatile stage.
The poll results also suggest that liberal voters are starting to take a closer look at a wider range of candidates, while moderates are focusing on those with the highest name recognition. Another key finding that could contribute to growing volatility in the race is confusion over “Medicare for All.” Most say support for this policy is an important factor in choosing a Democratic nominee, but voters actually prefer a public option over a single payer plan.
The poll finds a virtual three-way tie among Sanders (20%), Warren (20%), and Biden (19%) in the presidential nomination preferences of registered Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters across the country. Compared to Monmouth’s June poll, these results represent an increase in support for both Sanders (up from 14%) and Warren (up from 15%), and a significant drop for Biden (down from 32%).
Results for the rest of the field are fairly stable compared to two months ago. These candidates include California Sen. Kamala Harris at 8% support (identical to 8% in June), New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker at 4% (2% in June), South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 4% (5% in June), entrepreneur Andrew Yang at 3% (2% in June), former cabinet secretary Julián Castro at 2% (<1% in June), former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke at 2% (3% in June), and author Marianne Williamson at 2% (1% in June). Support for the remaining 13 candidates included in the preference poll registered only 1% or less.
What this also shows is Democrat voters, at least the ones who tend to vote in primary elections, have a huge appetite for socialism as two of the top three candidates on the Democrat side advocate that failed economic system.
The good news is President Trump is likely to wipe the floor with any of the current contenders.