Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants to be president, but a majority of her current constituents would prefer someone else.
That embarrassing reality reared its ugly head again over the weekend when Emerson Poll released a new survey of Bay State voters that shows Warren trailing behind two old white men for the presidential primary in 2020.
“The first Emerson Poll in Massachusetts of the 2020 primary finds Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders with 26% of the vote in the Democratic field, followed by former Vice President Joe Biden at 23%, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren at 14%, May of South Bend Pete Buttigieg at 11%, former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke at 8%, and California Senator Kamala Harris at 7%,” the pollster reports.
Older Massachusetts Democrats seemed to like Biden, while younger liberals are looking to Sanders and Warren.
Emmerson Poll reports:
Those 18-29 break for Sanders 52%, 15% for O’Rourke, and 10% each for Biden and Warren. Voters between the ages of 30-49 lean towards Sanders and Warren, receiving 27% and 22% respectively. Meanwhile 30% of voters in the age range of 50-64 favor Biden, Warren and Sanders follow with 14% and 13% respectively. Biden is most popular among voters over the age of 65, with the former Vice President receiving 33% of their vote. Mayor Pete follows with 16% of the vote and Sanders with 14%.
The results, according to Emerson Polling Director Spencer Kimball, “is a concern for Warren who at this time does not have a firewall in her home state, and her rival Sanders has a strong base in the Bay State.”
Hillary Clinton won the Democratic primary in Massachusetts in 2016, beating out Sanders by a little over 20,000 votes, or 49.73 percent of the vote to Sanders’ 48.33 percent. Of those who voted for Sanders in 2016, 45 percent plan to support him again in 2020.
Emerson Poll notes the results in Massachusetts mirror similar trends in other states, where the openly gay mayor of South Bend, Pete Buttigieg, is gaining on other Democrats running in 2020.
“This poll continues to show Mayor Pete increasing momentum in the Democratic primary with 11% of the vote, just 3 points behind Senator Warren,” Kimball said. “This finding is similar to the results of the Emerson poll conducted a few weeks earlier in Iowa, but higher than the latest polls in Nevada and Pennsylvania, where Mayor Pete had 5% and 6% of the vote.”
The Emerson Poll also isn’t the first time Massachusetts residents put Warren in her place.
A poll conducted in September to gauge support for her run in 2020 found 58 percent of Democrats there didn’t think she should. The Suffolk University Political Research Center/ Boston Globe poll found only 32 percent of folks surveyed thought it was a good idea.
“This was a shocking finding to me, given that Democrats like her so much, and she has been making moves to run for president,” the poll’s director, David Paleologos, told the Boston Globe at the time. “I would have expected her to be leading this list of potential Massachusetts presidential candidates.”