Politics About A Quarter of Democratic Voters Say They're Deciding On Electability

05:35  14 december  2019
05:35  14 december  2019 Source:   huffingtonpost.com

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Dozens of voters said they see “ electability ” as a combination of personality, energy, and ability to connect with an audience that has little to do with But the vast majority of Democratic voters aren’t thinking about electability in terms of ideology, geography, or electoral margin, according to

Many Democratic voters are agonizing over whether they should support their favorite candidate or the one who is most likely to defeat President Trump The discussion around electability might be expanding beyond its usual narrow borders, in ways that could bring it in closer alignment with reality.

Most Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters say they’re planning to vote for their favorite candidate in next year’s primary, a new HuffPost/YouGov survey finds, but about one-quarter say they’re instead planning to vote for a more electable alternative.

a man and a woman standing in a room: About one-quarter of Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters say they're planning to choose a more electable candidate over their preferred option in next year's primary, a survey finds.© Hill Street Studios via Getty Images About one-quarter of Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters say they're planning to choose a more electable candidate over their preferred option in next year's primary, a survey finds.

Sixty percent say they’re planning to vote for their favorite candidate, and 24% say they’re planning to choose someone who isn’t their favorite but has a better shot of winning. The rest aren’t sure.

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“If they ’ re not going to get along, they need to keep quiet,” said Beverly Hall, 63, another Others have specific qualms: a concern that their favorite candidate lacks that essential quality, electability ; a That could be considered positive news for the president, some Democratic voters conceded in

Seventy-five percent of Democratic voters now say they have a favorable impression of Elizabeth Warren, a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds. Poll: Democrats Most Like Warren, But Voters Overall Are Lukewarm On Democrats , Trump. That's down to just a quarter of Democrats now.

There are a few grains of salt to be taken here. First, people aren’t always great at explaining their decision-making process, even to themselves. And second, many voters haven’t actually made a firm decision yet. Slightly over half of Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters ― 55% ― say they have a good idea of whom they’ll vote for in the primary next year. Another 36% say they’re still making up their minds.

The results, however, may help provide a fuller picture of how much of a role the idea of “electability” plays in shaping voters’ preferences. Polls this year have repeatedly found Democrats to be focused on finding a nominee who’s able to bring down President Donald Trump. But most primary voters also believe that multiple candidates would be able to pull off a victory: In the most recent survey, nearly three-quarters say at least two candidates could win, and roughly half say three or more candidates could do so.

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The majority of Democratic voters and Democratic leaners don’t have a preference when it comes to the race or gender of their party’s nominee, according to Much like we’ve seen in poll after poll so far this cycle, voters in the survey noted that they prioritized “ electability ,” or the ability of a candidate to

Majorities of Democrats also say it is not important that their party's presidential nominee be a Results from Gallup's question pitting electability against agreement on issues (included in May Roughly six in 10 Democrats say it is not important to them that the Democratic Party nominate a

Former Vice President Joe Biden remains the candidate most broadly seen as capable of winning the general election. A 64% majority says Biden can win, with half saying the same of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), 45% of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), 27% of South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and 22% of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. No other candidate was viewed as capable of winning by more than one-fifth of those surveyed.

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Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters are most likely to be excited about the prospect of nominating Warren (43% say they’d be enthusiastic if she were the nominee), Sanders (39%) and Biden (38%), followed by Buttigieg at 27%. About 1 in 5 would be upset if Biden were nominated, with 18% saying the same of Sanders, 15% of Buttigieg and 12% of Warren. The only candidates whose nomination would be upsetting to more than one-third of these voters are Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) and self-help author Marianne Williamson.

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Democratic voters valuing honesty or empathy over experience or electability propelled Mr. Sanders to a A quarter of Democratic voters said the right experience was most important to them , while slightly Instead, just as many voters said the next president should change to more liberal policies

Almost half of voters said they ’ re dissatisfied rather than angry with the way the federal government is working. Democrats are not focused on electability – in this case, neither are Republicans Instead three- quarters of Democratic voters say they made their choice a week or more ago.

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Overall, 35% of Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters say they’re enthusiastic about the state of the Democratic primary field, 40% that they’re satisfied, 14% that they’re dissatisfied, and just 4% say they’re upset.

This poll didn’t ask Democrats directly for whom they intended to vote. But it comes amid a spate of other polls that find Biden retaining his front-runner status, with Sanders and Warren also polling in the double digits and Buttigieg bringing up fourth place. FiveThirtyEight’s national polling average puts Biden at about 26%, with Sanders at 17%, Warren at 15% and Buttigieg at 10%. The Economist’s average, similarly, has Biden taking 26% to Warren and Sanders’ 16% each, with Buttigieg at 10%. RealClearPolitics finds Biden at about 28%, Sanders at 18%, Warren at 16% and Buttigieg at 9%.

Use the widget below to further explore the results of the HuffPost/YouGov survey, using the menu at the top to select survey questions and the buttons at the bottom to filter the data by subgroups:

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The HuffPost/YouGov poll consisted of 1,000 completed interviews conducted Dec. 6-7 among U.S. adults, including 364 Democratic and Democratic-leaning registered voters, using a sample selected from YouGov’s opt-in online panel to match the demographics and other characteristics of the adult U.S. population.

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Nearly three- quarters of Republican primary voters said it was still too early for them to make up their minds “for sure,” meaning that they could shift their allegiances Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, who won her party’s primary in New Hampshire, still has an edge on electability , a substantial advantage

Voters in early states regularly say they like Warren ― but they ’ re not sure she can win. Adam Green co-runs the Progressive Change Campaign Committee Biden backers argue his electability comes from both his own popularity with white working-class voters ― which remains untested ― and his

HuffPost has teamed up with YouGov to conduct daily opinion polls. You can learn moreabout this project and take partin YouGov’s nationally representative opinion polling. More details on the polls’ methodology are available here.

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This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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