A new poll from the Pew Research Center released Friday shows just how open the Democratic primary remains as candidates move into the next phase of the campaign season.
While former vice president Joe Biden comfortably leads the pack for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, the front-runner would be wise to not get too comfortable. The new poll shows a majority of Democratic voters, 63 percent, reported feeling excited about several candidates running in the race. Only 35 percent of Democratic voters said they were only excited about one candidate seeking the party’s nomination.
Biden still leads the field, with 26 percent of Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters picking him as their first choice, followed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) at 16 percent, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) at 12 percent, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) at 11 percent and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 5 percent.
Unfortunately for Biden, a majority of those who selected him as their first-choice candidate also voiced interest in others seeking the party’s top ticket, 53 percent. The only candidate with a majority of supporters only enthusiastic about their first-choice pick is Sanders, 51 percent to 47 percent. Warren’s supporters were the least enthusiastic about her candidacy, with only 19 percent voicing no excitement about the other candidates.
The poll also revealed how undecided women are choosing their presidential candidate. Thirty percent of Democratic female voters reported no preference among the candidates seeking their party’s presidential nomination.
While Democratic voters reported in an open-ended question take multiple factors into consideration when choosing their preferred nominee, beating Donald Trump was the single most cited response among voters, according to Pew.
The poll was conducted July 22 – August 4 with a 1.9 percent margin of error and included 4,175 adults, 1,757 of whom were Democratic and Democratic-leaning registered voters.