A recent poll by Hill.TV asked 680 registered voters who they like to challenge President Trump in 2020 and offered up top Democrats as potential options: former Vice President Joe Biden and twice failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, as well as Sens. Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris. The options even included former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
The most popular response: “none of the above.”
“Thirty percent of the sample said they would prefer that ‘none of the above’ become the Democratic nominee …,” The Hill reports.
Overall, Biden came in second with 25 percent of respondents, followed by Bernie Sanders with 18 percent, Hillary Clinton with 12 percent. Booker, Harris, Warren and Bloomberg all registered in low single digits.
“The results reflect a national representative sample of registered voters who self identify as Democrats and Independents,” according to the poll. “Results were weighed for age within gender, region, race/ethnicity, income, political party, and education where necessary to align them with their actual proportions in the population.”
The poll, conducted this week, showed that while there’s no clear frontrunner, certain demographics seem to have a favorite candidate. Roughly a third of those 18-34 years old back Sanders, while Biden topped the list among respondents over the age of 35. White and black folks also backed Biden, Hispanics favored Sanders and Asians were divided mostly between Biden, Sanders and Clinton.
Regionally, Sanders gained the most support in the west, and Biden was the most popular in the east, Midwest, and south. Respondents who identified as Democrats also backed Biden by 30 percent, compared to independents who favored “none of the above” by 47 percent.
“That’s really measuring name recognition and not much else,” Michael Cornfield, associate professor at George Washington University, told Hill.TV.
Cornfield predicts Democratic candidates will declare their intent to run for the presidency in 2020 much earlier than in years past. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was the first to announce a run for the 2016 election in March of 2015, he noted.
“I think some of these candidates on the Democratic side will beat that and declare even earlier, but it’s a long road,” Cornfield said.
The poll comes as Democratic candidates are launching campaigns or pondering the possibility of challenging President Trump two years from now. The Washington Post recently compiled a list of the Top 15 Democratic candidates that includes all of those floated by The Hill, among other long shots.
The Post’s wish list, ranked by columnist Aaron Blake, includes Maryland Rep. John Delaney, porn lawyer Michael Avenatti, Obama favorite and former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, and New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
Blake’s top contender? Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren.
“No, Warren’s disclosure of a DNA report showing very slight Native American ancestry didn’t exactly go swimmingly,” Blake wrote. “But as a signal of her intent to run, it was as strong as anything. …
“She needs to get out of the way, and she’s trying.”